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Multiple mating by females is a natural outcome of a null model of mate encounters

Kokko, Hanna; Mappes, Johanna


Why do females of so many species mate multiply? The question makes use of an implicit null model that females by default should be monandrous and that polyandry requires an explanation. Here, we make the simple point that females encounter mates over their lifetime in a stochastic manner, and as they should accept at least one male, acceptance of all males may be a better null model than the more advanced strategy of accepting the first satisfactory one and rejecting all others. The advantage...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata
DOI: 10.1111/j.1570-7458.2012.01296.x


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