Diet, copulation time, copulation energy expenditure, oxygen intake, precipitation, sex, and temperature are all factors that influence diplopod size. In the diplopod genus Centrobolus, sexual size dimorphism (SSD) has a positive connection with body size and copulation duration. The goal of this study was to see if body mass was connected to copulation duration over the course of a year. In forest millipedes, intraspecific variation in mass was assessed and linked with copulation duration (R2=0.68, d.f.=7, p=0.01). In forest millipede species, interspecific variation in mass was assessed and linked with copulation duration (R=0.6711, R2=0.4504, p=0.144473, n= 3, 3).
School of Animal, Plant & Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg 2050, South Africa
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