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Female mountain log skinks are more likely to mate with males that court more, not males that are dominant

Stapley, Jessica

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To understand the evolution and exaggeration of male traits, we need to clarify the combined and separate contributions of male competition and mate choice to male reproductive success. Here, I tested whether female skinks discriminate between males based on morphological or behavioural traits in a sequential mate choice experiment to identify whether females prefer dominant males. A total of 48 females were tested of which, 26 mated with at least one male. Some females mated multiply with the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/56064
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2007.05.017

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