Why do some Australian onychophorans have fantastic heads?


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Author: Monge, Julián
Format: artículo
Status:Versión publicada
Publication Date:2019
Description:Males of some Australian onychophorans transfer their spermatophores with spectacular structures in their head, such as pits with palps and spines. No one has explained why these structures allow this species to be identified. Here we propose that, when its head is the genital apparatus, natural selection treats it as a genital apparatus. Probably these fantastic heads of Australian onychophorans are just another case of divergent sexual evolution by sexual selection.
Country:Portal de Revistas UCR
Institution:Universidad de Costa Rica
Repositorio:Portal de Revistas UCR
OAI Identifier:oai:portal.ucr.ac.cr:article/36260
Online Access:https://revistas.ucr.ac.cr/index.php/rbt/article/view/36260
Access Level:acceso abierto
Keyword:male onychophoran
modified papillae
palps and spines
male genital apparatus
sexual selection
onicóforo macho
papilas modificadas
palpos y espinas
aparato genital masculino
selección sexual