Animal behaviour: Benefits of female mimicry in snakes

@article{Shine2001AnimalBB,
  title={Animal behaviour: Benefits of female mimicry in snakes},
  author={R. Shine and B. Phillips and H. Waye and M. Lemaster and R. Mason},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2001},
  volume={414},
  pages={267-267}
}
Males of several animal species mimic females either in appearance or in the chemical cues they release, and this mimicry has generally been interpreted in terms of alternative mating strategies –– for example, a male that mimics a female may obtain stolen inseminations or avoid aggression from larger rivals. Our studies of snakes suggest a different explanation, which relies on natural selection rather than sexual selection. Male garter snakes that produce female-like pheromones (she-males… Expand
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