Asymmetry in a visual signaling character and sexual selection in a wolf spider

@article{Uetz1999AsymmetryIA,
  title={Asymmetry in a visual signaling character and sexual selection in a wolf spider},
  author={George W Uetz and Elizabeth I. Smith},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={1999},
  volume={45},
  pages={87-93}
}
Fluctuating asymmetry (FA) can indicate developmental instability in bilaterally symmetric organisms, and studies have shown that the degree of asymmetry in male secondary sexual characters influences female mate choice in a number of taxa. In male Schizocosa ocreata wolf spiders, conspicuous tufts of bristles on the forelegs are a critical component of visual courtship signals, which appear to play a role in female mate choice. Previous studies have shown that females exhibit reduced… CONTINUE READING
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