Multi-male mating aggregation in Notobitus meleagris (Hemiptera: Coreidae)

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The bamboo bug Notobitus meleagris F. shows two types of mating aggregation: harem including a male and one or more females, and multi-male including some males and females. Both types of mating aggregations were formed only on young bamboo shoots. The mean body size of males was significantly smaller in multi-male aggregations than in harem aggregations, but female size was independent of aggregation type. There was a significant positive correlation between the body size of males and the number of females in harem aggregations that formed in association with male-male aggressive contests. More females were attracted to thicker than thinner bamboo shoots, where larger aggregations formed. Multi-male aggregations were observed more on thicker than thinner shoots. Multi-male mating aggregations may occur when females cannot be economically defended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-344
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of the Entomological Society of America
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Bamboo
  • Body size
  • Harem
  • Mating system
  • Notobitus meleagris
  • Polygyny

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science


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