oa Madoqua - Reproductive behaviour of the Giant Cricket Brachytrupes membranaceus (Drury) in the Namib
|Article Title||Reproductive behaviour of the Giant Cricket Brachytrupes membranaceus (Drury) in the Namib|
|© Publisher:||Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism|
|Affiliations||1 Instituto Dipartimentale di Biologio Animale e di Genetica dell'Universita di Catania, Italia|
|Publication Date||Jan 1987|
|Pages||217 - 228|
|Keyword(s)||Activity phases, Buried females, Excavation, Females' phonotaxis, Frequency polygon, Habitat types, Locomotory patterns, Meteorological observations, PoIygamy, Stridulation, Tunnel, Vegetation and Wind directions|
The reproductive behaviour of the giant cricket Brachytrupes membranaceus (Drury) was investigated at Gobabeb in the Namib Desert. Reproduction takes place from January to March. During this period the male never leaves its hole; it digs a 'singing chamber' at the burrow entrance where it produces an ear-piercing song to aftract females. After mating, the male seals the female in an isolated branch at the end or the burrow; and then calls other females.
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