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Sexual Selection : Monographs in Behavior and Ecology - Malte B. Andersson

Sexual Selection

Monographs in Behavior and Ecology

Paperback Published: 1st May 1994
ISBN: 9780691000572
Number Of Pages: 624

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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.

The author describes the theory and its recent development; examines models, methods, and empirical tests; and identifies many unsolved problems. Among the topics discussed are the selection and evolution of mating preferences; relations between sexual selection and speciation; constraints on sexual selection; and sex differences in signals, body size, and weapons. The rapidly growing study of sexual selection in plants is also reviewed. This volume will interest students, teachers, and researchers in behavioral ecology and evolutionary biology.

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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1995 "Sexual Selection provides a masterly account of both the complex mathematical theory and the relevant data... [It] deserves to be widely read as a definitive summary of what we know about sexual selection and as a guide to what remains to be done."--Trends in Ecology and Evolution

The Theory of Sexual Selectionp. 3
Genetic Models of Fisherian Self-Reinforcing Sexual Selectionp. 32
Genetic Models of Indicator Mechanismsp. 53
Empirical Methodsp. 80
Some Case Studiesp. 100
Empirical Studies of Sexually Selected Traits: Patternsp. 124
Sexual Selection in Relation to Mating System and Parental Rolesp. 143
Benefits of Mate Choicep. 184
Species Recognition, Sexual Selection, and Speciationp. 207
Constraintsp. 227
Sexual Size Dimorphismp. 247
Weaponsp. 295
Coloration and Other Visual Signalsp. 315
Acoustic Signalsp. 349
Chemical Signalsp. 369
Alternative Mating Tacticsp. 379
Sexual Selection in Plantsp. 396
Sexual Selection: Conclusions and Open Questionsp. 433
Referencesp. 445
Author Indexp. 561
Subject Indexp. 581
Taxonomic Indexp. 588
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ISBN: 9780691000572
ISBN-10: 0691000573
Series: Monographs in Behavior and Ecology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 1st May 1994
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.85