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Costs and benefits of competitive traits in females: aggression, maternal care and reproductive success

Cain, Kristal E.; Ketterson, Ellen D.


Recent research has shown that female expression of competitive traits can be advantageous, providing greater access to limited reproductive resources. In males increased competitive trait expression often comes at a cost, e.g. trading off with parental effort. However, it is currently unclear whether, and to what extent, females also face such tradeoffs, whether the costs associated with that tradeoff overwhelm the potential benefits of resource acquisition, and how environmental factors might...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013-10-30
Type: Journal article
Source: PLoS ONE
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0077816


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