Bodybuilding dragonflies: costs and benefits of maximizing flight muscle

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The relationship between flight-muscle ratio (flight-muscle mass/body mass) and aerial competitive ability was studied in Plathemis lydia which double their body mass during adult maturation due primarily to growth of flight muscle in males and growth of ovaries in females. Up to 60% of male body mass is flight muscle. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)505-521
Number of pages17
JournalPhysiological Zoology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Endocrinology
  • Physiology (medical)


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