Context-dependent male mate choice: the effects of competitor presence and competitor size
Differences in the intensity of male-male competition for high- and low-quality females affect their value as mates. This can favor the evolution of mating preferences that vary with inherent male competitiveness and/or context-dependent mate choice. In the eastern mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) we investigated how a male's choice of mate is influenced by his absolute size when alone (baseline mating preference) and by the presence and relative size of a competitor (context dependent). In...[Show more]
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