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mat·ing

(māt'ing),
The pairing of male and female for the purpose of reproduction.
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mating

The pairing of male and female organisms for reproduction.
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mat·ing

(māt'ing)
The pairing of male and female for the purpose of reproduction.
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mating

  1. any reproduction involving two sexes.
  2. (in lower organisms) reproduction between types that differ in physiology but not in physical form.
  3. (in birds and mammals) the behavioural process of pair-formation rather than of copulation leading to sexual reproduction.
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Mate guarding.-At our two Everglades sites, 74% of ovipositing females were mate guarded.
In many bird species, mate guarding is a common paternity assurance behavior (reviewed in Birkhead & Moller 1992).
"We conclude that female pigeons trade pair copulations for protection (mate guarding) against sexual harassment from other males," the researchers say.
It also found that mate guarding is not an exclusively male phenomenon.
australis from New Zealand (Larcombe and Russell, 1971) describes body components generally consistent with "Clear," "Hovering," "Parallel positioning," "Rigid arms," "Oviposition," "Mate guarding," "Downward pointing," "Plain," "Peristaltic arm flare," "Charging," and "Parrying"; unfortunately, their descriptions lack sufficient detail to be directly compared with our observations.
However, if proximity maintenance and increased vigilance do function as components of mate guarding, these costs may be necessary for males to insure reproduction.
As a result, sexual competition is often more intense among males than among females; to enhance their reproductive success, males may express flexible behaviors, including mate guarding and judicious allocation of sperm (Trivers, 1972; Ridley, 1983; Clutton-Brock and Parker, 1992).
Mate guarding and aggression by the crab spider Misumena vatia in relation to female reproductive status and sex ratio.
How does such short-term mate guarding increase the male's chances of successful paternity?
Males left females immediately after mating in the field, suggesting that there is no post-copulatory mate guarding in this species.
Two of these acute patterns--Lateral Display and Mate Guarding Pattern--are used during agonistic bouts and mate guarding; they are visually bright and conspicuous, which may subject the squids to predation; but we hypothesize that schooling and diurnal activity may offset the disadvantage presented by increased visibility to predators.
Mate guarding is a behavior that males use to compete for access to females as well as in sperm competition (Grafen and Ridley, 1983; Smith, 1984).