The Mating Behavior of Teleogryllus commodus (Walker) and its Central and Peripheral Control4

Authors

  • Werner Loher,

    1. Department of Entomological Sciences, University of California, Berkeley
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      Department of Entomological Sciences, University of California, Berkeley 94720, Wellman Hall

  • Bradford Rence

    1. Department of Entomological Sciences, University of California, Berkeley
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      Bradford Rence, Department of Zoology, University of California, Berkeley 94720.


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    The paper has profited considerably from the constructive criticism of Franz Huber, George Barlow and Leslie Johnson, to whom we are very grateful. We also thank Celeste Green for her expert drawings and Patricia Woolever and Diana Doyal for unfailing technical assistance. This work was supported by NIH grant HD 03619–08.

Abstract

Central nervous action determines the cyclic sequence of mating behavior in the Teleogryllus commodus ♂ and the patterns can appear predictably without external stimulation. However, the copulatory act triggers the onset of the cycle and peripheral factors, such as the presence of a ♀, may modify performance and duration of some of the patterns. The highly flexible capability of the central nervous system is thereby acknowledged.

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