Long Legs And Combat Outcomes Among Male Cave Crickets
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Murray Peter Fea currently works at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland. Murray does research in Biosecurity, Evolution, Ecology and Entomology. His most recent publication is 'Sexually Dimorphic Antennal Structues of New Zealand Cave Weta (Orthoptera: Rhaphidophoridae).' Murray has skills in literature synthesis and report writing, database management, ecological statistics, scanning electron microscopy, animal behaviour, phylogenetics and invasive species risk assessment.

                       

Long Legs And Combat Outcomes Among Male Cave Crickets

Some animals possess extraordinarily enlarged or specialized structures used as weaponry for combat over mating rights – think of the huge antlers of elk or the tusks of elephants. However, in proportion to body size, many of the most extreme weapons are carried by tiny invertebrates. Like the mammals we are familiar with, male insects also do battle to win access to females, and in many cases, they wield bizarre structures in the form of enlarged or elaborated limbs, horns,...

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