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Friends' paper on parental harvestmen

posted Nov 30, 2016, 7:18 PM by Bruno Buzatto   [ updated Nov 30, 2016, 7:19 PM ]
I was very excited to see this paper published in J Evol Biol on Serracutisoma proximum, a species that I have very close to my heart as I did my MSc thesis on it :) Males of this harvestman defend harems of females, who normally guard their eggs for over a month. If a female dies, males can guard the eggs for short periods of time. My friends Louise, Danilo and Glauco, from the University of São Paulo, showed that attractive males guarded eggs less often, but their attendance increased with perceived paternity, which is super cool.

There is also a great post about it by a science journalist which you can see here.