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The effect of competitor presence and relative competitive ability on male mate choice

Mautz, Brian; Jennions, Michael


Recent studies suggest that males might respond in an adaptive manner to an elevated likelihood of male-male competition for mates by facultatively altering their mating preferences. Little is known, however, about how male choice is influenced by a male's relative competitiveness or by the risk posed by increased physical competition for access to mates compared with greater risk of sperm competition. We investigated how the relative size and presence of a competitor influences male choice...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology
DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arr048


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