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Sexual Selection for Male Mobility in a Giant Insect with Female-Biased Size Dimorphism

Kelly, Clint; Bussiere, Luc; Gwynne, Darryl T


Female-biased size dimorphism, in which females are larger than males, is prevalent in many animals. Several hypotheses have been developed to explain this pattern of dimorphism. One of these hypotheses, the mobility hypothesis, suggests that female-biased size dimorphism arises because smaller males are favored in scramble competition for mates. Using radiotelemetry, we assessed the mobility hypothesis in the Cook Strait giant weta (Deinacrida rugosa), a species with strong female-biased size...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: The American Naturalist
DOI: 10.1086/589894


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