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Despite reproductive interference, the net outcome of reproductive interactions among spider mite species is not necessarily costly
- Clemente, Salomé H, Santos, Inês, Ponce, Rita, Rodrigues, Leonor R, Varela, Susana A M, Magalhães, Sara
- Behavioral ecology 2018 v.29 no.2 pp. 321-327
- Tetranychidae, animal reproduction, crossing, herbivores, Mediterranean region
- Some closely-related species have reproductive interactions between them. Here, we show that the outcome of such interactions is highly variable. We did crosses among 3 species of herbivorous spider mites that co-occur in the Mediterranean and found that, depending on the order and timings of matings, they could be negative, neutral or positive. Therefore, the study of such interactions needs to account for the details of mating events, as the devil may be in them!