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Mate Choice in Males and Females
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Ecology and Genetics, Animal ecology.
2010 (English)In: Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior / [ed] Michael D. Breed and Janice Moore, Oxford: Academic Press, 2010, 394-398 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Finding a ‘dream mate’ is important for fitness in many sexually reproducing animals because half the genome of the offspring will come from this mate. Individuals that choose their mates carefully may gain both direct benefits (i.e., good care, territories, and other resources) and indirect benefits (genes that improve offspring viability or attractiveness). Mate choices occur in both sexes and the same individuals can be both choosy and competitive. Mate choice and mating competition often result in sexual selection and the evolution of secondary sexual characters. Mate choice is interactive, context dependent, operates on multiple traits, and varies in time and space.

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Oxford: Academic Press, 2010. 394-398 p.
Keyword [en]
Female choice, Male choice, Mate assessment, Mate choice, Mating competition, Mating preference, Ornament, Parental investment, Pipefish, Secondary sexual characters, Sexual selection
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-242490ISBN: 978-0-08-045337-8 (print)ISBN: 0080453376 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-242490DiVA: diva2:783523
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Section: Reproductive behavior (section editor Gowaty P.A.)

Available from: 2015-01-26 Created: 2015-01-26 Last updated: 2016-04-18Bibliographically approved

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