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REVIEW ON ALTERNATIVE TACTICS IN HARVESTMEN

posted Jul 21, 2014, 12:28 AM by Bruno Buzatto   [ updated Jul 21, 2014, 12:28 AM ]
My friend Glauco Machado and I have just published a review on alternative reproductive tactics (ARTs) and male dimorphism in the most interesting animals in this planet: arachnids of the order Opiliones (a.k.a. harvestmen or daddy-long-legs). Glauco was my supervisor during my undergraduate and MSc degrees, and he is an expert on pretty much everything related to harvestmen. This is also my "pet taxon", but I have recently focused on studying ARTs and male dimorphism more generally in insects and arachnids. This paper, just published online by Behavioural Processes, covers everything we know about ARTs and male dimorphism in this interesting group of arachnids, including their crazy dimorphic morphologies (with pedipalps/legs/chelicerae modified as weapons) and mysterious reproductive tactics.
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