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Constrained mate choice in social monogamy and the stress of having an unattractive partner

Griffith, Simon C.; Pryke, Sarah; Buttemer, William A

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In socially monogamous animals, mate choice is constrained by the availability of unpaired individuals in the local population. Here, we experimentally investigate the physiological stress endured by a female (the choosy sex) when pairing with a non-preferred social partner. In two experimental contexts, female Gouldian finches (Erythrura gouldiae) socially paired with poor-quality mates had levels of circulating corticosterone that were three to four times higher than those observed in females...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/78785
Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2010.2672

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