Journal of Insect Behavior

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 361–373 | Cite as

Copulatory Courtship in Drosophila birchii and D. serrata, Species Recognition and Sexual Selection

  • Anneli Hoikkala
  • Stella Crossley
  • Claudia Castillo-Melendez
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Abstract

Two endemic Australian Drosophila species, D. birchii and D. serrata, have a copulatory courtship, i.e., the males court the female mainly during copulation. In the present study we found the males of both species to mount their prospective mating partners selectively, exhibiting both sex and species recognition. The males began to sing after mounting the female, and they often exhibited also postcopulatory displays typical to copulatory courtship. D. birchii and D. serrata females discriminated against males which did not sing during mounting/copulation, which suggests that the females utilize cryptic female choice. Our findings raise the question of how widespread a phenomenon cryptic female choice is in Drosophila species.

Drosophila copulatory courtship mate choice cryptic female choice 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anneli Hoikkala
    • 1
  • Stella Crossley
    • 2
  • Claudia Castillo-Melendez
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of OuluFinland
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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