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High-quality male field crickets invest heavily in sexual display but die young

Hunt, John E; Brooks, Rob; Jennions, Michael; Smith, Michael; Bentsen, Caroline; Bussiere, Luc

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Only high-quality males can bear the costs of an extreme sexual display. As a consequence, such males are not only more attractive, but they often live longer than average. Recent theory predicts, however, that high-quality males should sometimes invest so heavily in sexual displays that they die sooner than lower quality males. We manipulated the phenotypic quality of field crickets, Teleogryllus commodus, by altering the protein content of their diet. Here we show that nymphs and adult...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/86262
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/nature03084

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