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Neriid Flies

Caption: A pair of mating neriid flies (Telostylinus angusticollis) illustrating the male's strikingly elongated legs, a sexually selected trait used by males in competition for mates. In many other species of flies, similarly elongated legs occur in both sexes and appear to serve survival-related functions. Could the evolution of long legs and associated ecological strategies have been initiated by sexual selection on males?

Credit: R. Bonduriansky ©

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