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mate guarding

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
No Taxon (Glossary)
No Taxon (M)
No Taxon mate guarding
Identification
mate guarding - an individual remaining in contact or near its mate to prevent others from copulating with the mate (Primate Factsheets). It can take the form of clasping after copulation (amplexus--often used to describe this behavior in amphibians), attendance nearby, prolonged copulation, or active combat with competitors (usually other males). Examples:
Internet References
Sand Diego State University--Mating Systems--mate guarding
National Primate Research Center--Glossary