Journal of Ethology

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 15–17

Do males ofSchizotetranychus miscanthi (Acari, Tetranychidae) recognize kin in male competition?

  • Yutaka Saito

DOI: 10.1007/BF02350075

Cite this article as:
Saito, Y. J. Ethol. (1994) 12: 15. doi:10.1007/BF02350075


Males of a subsocial spider mite,Schizotetranychus miscanthi Saito, show intense aggressive behavior against conspecific males. The possibility of males distinguishing between their uterine brothers and non-relatives was experimentally investigated. Comparison between aggressiveness of males against their uterine brothers and that against unrelated males suggested that males of this species do not recognize their kin.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yutaka Saito
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  1. 1.Laboratory of Applied Zoology, Faculty of AgricultureHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan