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Adaptive plasticity in mate preference linked to differences in reproductive effort.

Abstract:

There is abundant evidence for the existence of marked mate preferences in natural populations, but the occurrence of within-population variation in mate preferences has received little attention and is often regarded as nonadaptive deviation from the optimal norm. Here we show experimentally that the preference of female collared flycatchers Ficedula albicollis for male forehead patch size, a sexually selected trait, varies with the time of breeding, an environmental factor with strong effec...

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10.1038/35012605

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Journal:
Nature
Volume:
405
Issue:
6784
Pages:
344-347
Publication date:
2000-05-05
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EISSN:
1476-4687
ISSN:
0028-0836
URN:
uuid:b24cf640-b652-48ac-bb5c-c3d63ca842e5
Source identifiers:
204440
Local pid:
pubs:204440

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