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Nymphs of the common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) produce anti-aphrodisiac defence against conspecific males

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Biology, September 2010
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Title
Nymphs of the common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) produce anti-aphrodisiac defence against conspecific males
Published in
BMC Biology, September 2010
DOI 10.1186/1741-7007-8-121
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Authors

Vincent Harraca, Camilla Ryne, Rickard Ignell

Abstract

Abdominal wounding by traumatic insemination and the lack of a long distance attraction pheromone set the scene for unusual sexual signalling systems. Male bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) mount any large, newly fed individual in an attempt to mate. Last instar nymphs overlap in size with mature females, which make them a potential target for interested males. However, nymphs lack the female's specific mating adaptations and may be severely injured by the abdominal wounding. We, therefore, hypothesized that nymphs emit chemical deterrents that act as an honest status signal, which prevents nymph sexual harassment and indirectly reduces energy costs for males.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Germany 2 2%
Portugal 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 110 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 20 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 12%
Student > Bachelor 13 11%
Student > Master 10 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 4%
Other 16 14%
Unknown 39 33%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 61 52%
Environmental Science 3 3%
Chemistry 3 3%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 2 2%
Medicine and Dentistry 2 2%
Other 6 5%
Unknown 40 34%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 3. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 30 June 2014.
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#5,966,050
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#1,102
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#75,584
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