A test of the sequential assessment game: fighting in the bowl and doily spider Frontinella pyramitela

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  • Male (Fontinella pyramitela Linyphiidae) engage in dangerous fights over access to females. Males assess relative fighting ability during contests: smaller individuals tend to give up quickly. Fights occur between a male with information about the value of the contested female (number of fertilizable eggs) and an intruding male with less information. A sequential assessment game (a game theory model of fighting behavior) is adapted to male combat to attempt a quantitative test. The model makes predictions about fight duration, probability of winning, and the occurrence of fatalities as a function of resource value and size asymmetry. -from Authors
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  • Evolution  Journal
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    Author List

  • Leimar O; Austad S; Enquist M
  • Start Page

  • 862
  • End Page

  • 874
  • Volume

  • 45
  • Issue

  • 4