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Female preference for male phenotypic traits in a fiddler crab: do females use absolute or comparative evaluation?

Reaney, Leeann


While mate choice is often assumed to be based on an absolute value that may reflect underlying male quality, many mating systems facilitate the comparative evaluation of males. Females can encounter a number of potential mates, either sequentially or simultaneously, before making a mate choice decision. Consequently, the attractiveness of one male may depend on the attractiveness of other males a female has previously encountered. To examine whether female choice in the fiddler crab Uca...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2008.09.019


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