Journal of Ethology

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 265–270 | Cite as

Influence of artificial selection for duration of death feigning on pre- and post-copulatory traits in male Tribolium castaneum

  • Kentarou MatsumuraEmail author
  • Takahisa Miyatake


In many animals, investment in anti-predator traits can affect reproductive success. Conversely, males that invest more resources in mating success may have relatively fewer resources to devote to anti-predator traits, leading to increased predation risk. Although previous studies have reported a trade-off in investment between anti-predator traits and reproductive traits in male animals, few studies have specifically investigated the effects of anti-predator behavior on male reproductive traits. Many animals engage in death-feigning as an anti-predator behavior. Herein, we investigated the relationship between the death-feigning behavior and pre- and post-copulatory reproductive traits of male red flour beetles, Tribolium castaneum. In a previous study, we used artificial selection to establish T. castaneum strains with a genetically longer (L-strain) or shorter (S-strain) duration of death-feigning behavior. In the present study, we compared the attractiveness (a pre-copulatory trait) and paternity success (a post-copulatory trait) between L- and S-strain males. The results showed no significant difference in attractiveness or paternity success between the two strains. The results suggest that death-feigning behavior is not correlated with pre- or post-copulatory reproductive traits in male T. castaneum.


Reproduction Attractiveness Paternity success Anti-predator trait Mating success 



This work was supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI 26291091 and 18H02510, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) to T. M.

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Conflict of interest

K. Matsumura and T. Miyatake declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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All applicable international, national, and institutional guidelines for the care and use for animals were followed.

Research involving human participants and/or animals

This article does not contain any studies with human participants performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Environmental and Life ScienceOkayama UniversityOkayamaJapan

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