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Keywords:

  • Fluctuating asymmetry;
  • body size;
  • lifetime mating success;
  • Odonata;
  • Coenagrion;
  • damselfly

Abstract.

  • 1
    The influence of fluctuating asymmetry on lifetime mating success of males of the damselfly Coenagrion puella (Odonata: Coenagrionidae) was investigated. Fluctuating asymmetry was measured as the difference in length of left and right fore and hind wings.
  • 2
    Males with more symmetrical wings enjoyed higher lifetime mating success.
  • 3
    Larger males, in contrast to a previous study of this species, also had higher mating success. This may be attributed to differences in the weather conditions prevailing at the time of the studies.