Carotenoids, immunity, and sexual selection: comparing apples and oranges?

  title={Carotenoids, immunity, and sexual selection: comparing apples and oranges?},
  author={George A. Lozano},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  volume={158 2},
Endler (1980) suggested that in a carotenoid-poor environment, carotenoid-dependent sexual ornaments indicate foraging ability, and hence, they can be used by females to gauge male quality. This idea led researchers to view female mate choice from a fresh perspective, and it gained a fair level of acceptance (Kodric-Brown 1989; Milinski and Bakker 1990; Houde and Torio 1992; Frischknecht 1993); however, many years passed before the “carotenoidpoor-environment” assumption began to be questioned… CONTINUE READING

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