The energetic cost of calling in the variable field cricket, Gryllus lineaticeps

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  • W. WyATT HOBACK,

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    1. Nebraska Behavioral Biology Group, School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.A
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  • WILLIAM E. WAGNER JR

    1. Nebraska Behavioral Biology Group, School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.A
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Department of Entomology, 202 Plant Industry Bldg, Lincoln, NE 68583-0816, U.S.A.

Abstract

Abstract. Female preferences for conspicuous male calls have been documented in many groups. However, relatively few studies have examined the metabolic costs associated with the production of call types preferred by females. We measured the oxygen consumption of calling male Gryllus lineaticeps Stål crickets using closed chamber respirometry. Calling song was recorded concurrently. The average increase in mass-specific oxygen consumption during calling was 2.7 times basal rates of oxygen consumption, and calling males consumed approximately 1.2ml O2g-lh-1. Oxygen consumption increased with increasing chirp rate and pulse duration, but not with increasing chirp duration. Females of this species prefer higher chirp rates, thus some call types that increase the male's attractiveness to females require more metabolic energy to produce.

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