A trade‐off between precopulatory and postcopulatory trait investment in male cetaceans

@article{Dines2015ATB,
  title={A trade‐off between precopulatory and postcopulatory trait investment in male cetaceans},
  author={J. P. Dines and S. Mesnick and K. Ralls and L. May-Collado and I. Agnarsson and M. Dean},
  journal={Evolution},
  year={2015},
  volume={69}
}
  • J. P. Dines, S. Mesnick, +3 authors M. Dean
  • Published 2015
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Evolution
  • Mating with multiple partners is common across species, and understanding how individual males secure fertilization in the face of competition remains a fundamental goal of evolutionary biology. Game theory stipulates that males have a fixed budget for reproduction that can lead to a trade‐off between investment in precopulatory traits such as body size, armaments, and ornaments, and postcopulatory traits such as testis size and spermatogenic efficiency. Recent theoretical and empirical studies… CONTINUE READING
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