Courtship in the rough-skinned newt Taricha granulosa

Catherine R. Propper

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Courtship was studied in the rough-skinned newt, Taricha granulosa. Newt sexual behaviour included pre-insemination, insemination and post-insemination stages. During the pre-insemination stage, behaviour of the male and female changed concomitatly. Male hind limb contraction rate increased as females became more receptive (lowered-head position to raised-head position). The preinsemination stage of courtship lasted a median of 7 h. Of first sperm transfer attempts, 89·5% culminated in successful insemination. After insemination, females no longer were receptive in response to courtship; although pre-insemination courtship and insemination inhibited receptivity in 40% of the females, preinsemination courtship, insemination and post-insemination amplexus inhibited receptivity in 100% of famales tested. This unique result demonstrates that post-insemination association may ensure paternity through inhibiting female sexual receptivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)547-554
Number of pages8
JournalAnimal Behaviour
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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