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Male mate choice and insemination success under simultaneous versus sequential choice conditions

Head, Megan; Jacomb, Frances; Vega, Regina; Jennions, Michael


Theory predicts that males should be choosier when encountering potential mates simultaneously rather than sequentially because there is no opportunity cost. Consequently, when mate encounter rates vary across space and time males might benefit from plasticity in mate preferences to match prevailing social conditions, preferring high-quality mates when females are encountered frequently and showing no preferences when females are encountered rarely. Here we investigated how encounter type (i.e....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.02.011


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