Amphisexual care in Acutisoma proximum (Arachnida, Opiliones), a neotropical harvestman with exclusive maternal care

B. A. Buzatto*, G. Machado

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We provide observational and experimental evidence that territorial males of the maternal harvestman Acutisoma proximum temporarily care for clutches that are left unattended by females from their harems. The evolution of paternal care in harvestmen from a territory-based polygynous mating system is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-108
Number of pages3
JournalInsectes Sociaux
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • evolution
  • Gonyleptidae
  • male territoriality
  • paternal care
  • polygyny

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