Syncopulatory mate-guarding affected by predation in the aposematic millipede Centrobolus inscriptus in a swamp forest
Mark Ian Cooper
Mate-guarding can be affected by predation. While filming mate-guarding and prolonged copulations in a South African swamp forest aposematic millipede observations were made of the results of predation on a mated pair. This is a documentation of the sheared male coleopods inserted remains in the female forest millipede Centrobolus inscriptus and incidentally corroborates the lock-and-key hypothesis for the evolution of millipede genitalia (gonopods (coleopods)).
Mark Ian Cooper. Syncopulatory mate-guarding affected by predation in the aposematic millipede Centrobolus inscriptus in a swamp forest. J Entomol Zool Stud 2016;4(6):483-484. DOI: 10.22271/j.ento.2016.v4.i6g.1376