Data from: Drosophila pachea asymmetric lobes are part of a grasping device and stabilize one-sided mating

Flor T. Rhebergen, Virginie Orgogozo, Julien Dumont, Menno Schilthuizen & Michael Lang
Background: Multiple animal species exhibit morphological asymmetries in male genitalia. In insects, left-right genital asymmetries evolved many times independently and have been proposed to appear in response to changes in mating position. However, little is known about the relationship between mating position and the interaction of male and female genitalia during mating, and functional analyses of asymmetric morphologies in genitalia are virtually non-existent. We investigated the relationship between mating position, asymmetric genital morphology and genital...
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