Asymmetry in antler size in roe deer (Capreolus capreolus ): an index of individual and population conditions

@article{Plabon1998AsymmetryIA,
  title={Asymmetry in antler size in roe deer (Capreolus capreolus ): an index of individual and population conditions},
  author={Christophe P{\'e}labon and Leo van Breukelen},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1998},
  volume={116},
  pages={1-8}
}
Fluctuating asymmetry (FA) refers to small random differences that occur between the right and the left sides of bilateral characters. Under the hypothesis that the degree of FA in secondary sex traits reflects the ability of males to cope with environmental stress, and consequently reflects individual quality, a negative relationship is expected between FA and the trait size. Additionally, selective mortality acting preferentially on individuals in poor condition, presumably more asymmetric… CONTINUE READING

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