A test of the sequential assessment game: fighting in the bowl and doily spider Frontinella pyramitela

O. Leimar, S. Austad, M. Enquist

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Male (Fontinella pyramitela Linyphiidae) engage in dangerous fights over access to females. Males assess relative fighting ability during contests: smaller individuals tend to give up quickly. Fights occur between a male with information about the value of the contested female (number of fertilizable eggs) and an intruding male with less information. A sequential assessment game (a game theory model of fighting behavior) is adapted to male combat to attempt a quantitative test. The model makes predictions about fight duration, probability of winning, and the occurrence of fatalities as a function of resource value and size asymmetry. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)862-874
Number of pages13
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Genetics
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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