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Operational sex ratio and density do not affect directional selection on male sexual ornaments and behavior

Head, Megan; Lindholm, Anna K.; Brooks, Rob


Demographic parameters including operational sex ratio (OSR) and population density may influence the opportunity for, and strength of sexual selection. Traditionally, male-biased OSRs and high population densities have been thought to increase the opportunity for sexual selection on male sexual traits due to increased male competition for mates. Recent experimental evidence, however, suggests that male-biased OSRs might reduce the opportunity for sexual selection due to increased sexual...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Evolution
DOI: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2007.00277.x


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