Traumatic mating increases anchorage of mating male and reduces female remating duration and fecundity in a scorpionfly species

Xin Tong, Peng-Yang Wang, Mei-Zhuo Jia, Bao-Zhen Hua & Randy Thornhill
Traumatic mating is the male wounding his mate during mating using specialized anatomy. However, why males have evolved to injure their mates during mating remains poorly understood. We studied the traumatic mating and copulatory wounding of the mate’s genitalia by the male in the scorpionfly Dicerapanorpa magna to determine its effects on male and female fitness. The results showed that the sharp teeth on the male gonostyli penetrate the female genitalia and cause copulatory wounds,...
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