Journal article

THE INFLUENCE OF AGE AND EXPERIENCE WITH CONSPECIFICS ON TERRITORIAL BEHAVIOR IN DROSOPHILA-MELANOGASTER

AA HOFFMANN

JOURNAL OF INSECT BEHAVIOR | PLENUM PUBL CORP | Published : 1990

Abstract

Drosophila melanogaster males initiated aggressive behavior toward other males and defended territories several hours after they were able to court and mate females. Males that were 3 days or more posteclosion were more successful at holding territories than younger males. Three-day-old males established territories more readily and escalated more often against territory residents than males that were 1 day old. Residents did not usually force young males from territories until they were a few hours posteclosion. The development of territorial behavior was not affected by familiarity or prior exposure to females. Males held in isolation established territories more quickly and behaved more a..

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