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Author Andersson, M. B.

Title Sexual selection / Malte Andersson
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1994]


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Description xx, 599 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Series Monographs in behavior and ecology
Princeton paperbacks
Princeton paperbacks.
Monographs in behavior and ecology.
Contents 1. The Theory of Sexual Selection -- 2. Genetic Models of Fisherian Self-Reinforcing Sexual Selection -- 3. Genetic Models of Indicator Mechanisms -- 4. Empirical Methods -- 5. Some Case Studies -- 6. Empirical Studies of Sexually Selected Traits: Patterns -- 7. Sexual Selection in Relation to Mating System and Parental Roles -- 8. Benefits of Mate Choice -- 9. Species Recognition, Sexual Selection, and Speciation -- 10. Constraints -- 11. Sexual Size Dimorphism -- 12. Weapons -- 13. Coloration and Other Visual Signals -- 14. Acoustic Signals -- 15. Chemical Signals -- 16. Alternative Mating Tactics -- 17. Sexual Selection in Plants -- 18. Sexual Selection: Conclusions and Open Questions
Summary Bright colors, enlarged fins, feather plumes, song, horns, antlers, and tusks are often highly sex dimorphic. Why have males in many animals evolved more conspicuous ornaments, signals, and weapons than females? How can such traits evolve although they may reduce male survival? Such questions prompted Darwin's perhaps most scientifically controversial idea - the theory of sexual selection. It still challenges researchers today as they try to understand how competition for mates can favor the variety of sex-dimorphic traits. Reviewing theoretical and empirical work in this very active field, Malte Andersson, a leading contributor himself, provides a major up-to-date synthesis of sexual selection
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references page ([445]-559) and indexes
Subject Sexual selection in animals.
LC no. 93033276
ISBN 0691033447 (alk. paper)
0691000573 (alk. paper)