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Sexual responsiveness mediated by the corpora allata and its relationship to phonotaxis in the female cricket,Acheta domesticus L.

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FemaleAcheta domesticus can be clearly classified as sexually responsive or nonresponsive by their willingness to mount the courting male and assume the copulatory position. Females that were so classified as sexually responsive showed a definite phonotactic response to the calling song of the conspecific male. Immediate retesting of these females showed that a significant proportion exhibited very little movement in response to the sound. The females that did move in response to the calling song oriented phonotactically to the speaker also in the second trial. Females classified as nonresponsive did not react phonotactically to the calling song. The transition from the nonresponsive to the responsive state occurred within 24 h after transplanting the corpora allata from sexually responsive to nonresponsive females.

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We are greatly indebted to Professor Franz Huber for constructive discussion, critically reading the paper and for his interest in this work.

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Stout, J.F., Gerard, G. & Hasso, S. Sexual responsiveness mediated by the corpora allata and its relationship to phonotaxis in the female cricket,Acheta domesticus L.. J. Comp. Physiol. 108, 1–9 (1976). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00625436

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  • Significant Proportion
  • Conspecific Male
  • Calling Song
  • Female Cricket
  • Copulatory Position