Journal of Insect Behavior

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 133–137 | Cite as

Plurimatry: New terminology for multiple reproductives

  • Jae C. Choe
Short Communication

Key words

monogyny plurimatry pluripatry polygyny unimatry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jae C. Choe
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  1. 1.Museum of ZoologyThe University of MichiganAnn Arbor

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