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Females prefer to associate with males with longer intromittent organs in mosquitofish

Kahn, Andrew; Mautz, Brian; Jennions, Michael

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Sexual selection is a major force behind the rapid evolution of male genital morphology among species. Most within-species studies have focused on sexual selection on male genital traits owing to events during or after copulation that increase a male's share of paternity. Very little attention has been given to whether genitalia are visual signals that cause males to vary in their attractiveness to females and are therefore under pre-copulatory sexual selection. Here we show that, on average,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/61386
Source: Biology Letters
DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2009.0637

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