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Effects of non-volatile female pheromones on male cricket aggression and dominance behaviour
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  • Noah Atkin,
  • Boris Gareth Mang,
  • Yizhou Yu
Noah Atkin
Imperial College London
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Boris Gareth Mang
Imperial College London
Yizhou Yu
Imperial College London

Abstract

The role of pheromones in cricket behaviour has been the subject of significant study in previous years. In this experiment we explored the role non-volatile female pheromones play in male dominance and subsequent aggressive behaviour in the Mediterrean field cricket, Gryllus bimaculatus. We observed no significant difference in any agonistic cricket displays in the presence of female scents, possibly emphasising the role of volatile cricket pheromones play in inter-sex relationships in crickets.