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Sexual selection when fertilization is not guaranteed

Kokko, Hanna; Mappes, Johanna


Much of the theory of sexual selection assumes that females do not generally experience difficulties getting their eggs fertilized, yet sperm limitation is occasionally documented. How often does male limitation form a selection for female traits that improve their mating rate? The question is difficult to test, because if such traits evolve to be efficient, sperm limitation will no longer appear to be a problem to females. Here, we suggest that changes in choosiness between populations, and in...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Evolution


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