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Influence of alternate reproductive tactics and pre- and postcopulatory sexual selection on paternity and offspring performance in a lizard

Keogh, J Scott; Umbers, Kate; Wilson, Eleanor; Stapley, Jessica; Whiting, Martin J.


Sexual selection theory predicts different optima for multiple mating in males and females. We used mating experiments and genetic paternity testing to disentangle pre- and postcopulatory mechanisms of sexual selection and alternate reproductive tactics in the highly promiscuous lizard Eulamprus heatwolei. Both sexes mated multiply: 30-60 % of clutches were sired by two to four fathers, depending on the experiment. Larger males sired more offspring when we allowed male contest competition: 52 %...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-013-1482-0


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