Density-dependent selection on mate search and evolution of Allee effects.

  title={Density-dependent selection on mate search and evolution of Allee effects.},
  author={Luděk Berec and Andrew M Kramer and Veronika Bernhauerov{\'a} and John M. Drake},
  journal={The Journal of animal ecology},
  volume={87 1},
Sexually reproducing organisms require males and females to find each other. Increased difficulty of females finding mates as male density declines is the most frequently reported mechanism of Allee effects in animals. Evolving more effective mate search may alleviate Allee effects, but may depend on density regimes a population experiences. In particular, high-density populations may evolve mechanisms that induce Allee effects which become detrimental when populations are reduced and… CONTINUE READING
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