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Sexual selection and sperm quantity: meta-analyses of strategic ejaculation

Kelly, Clint; Jennions, Michael

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Multiple mating or group spawning leads to post-copulatory sexual selection, which generally favours ejaculates that are more competitive under sperm competition. In four meta-analyses we quantify the evidence that sperm competition (SC) favours greater sperm number using data from studies of strategic ejaculation. Differential investment into each ejaculate emerges at the individual level if males exhibit phenotypic plasticity in ejaculate properties in response to the likely risk and/or...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/64047
Source: Biological Reviews
DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-185X.2011.00175.x

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