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Experimental evidence for a seasonal shift in the strength of a female mating preference

Milner, Richard; Detto, Tanya; Jennions, Michael; Backwell, Patricia


The costs and benefits of mate choice can vary both spatially and temporally. Phenotypic plasticity in mate choice, which could be due to changes in choice criteria (e.g., acceptance thresholds) or shifts in underlying mating preferences (i.e., relative values assigned to different males), can therefore increase reproductive success. We examined shifts in female mating preference for male claw size between 2 seasons (winter and summer) in the fiddler crab Uca mjoebergi. We used custom-built...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology
DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arp196


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