Disruptive viability selection on a black plumage trait associated with dominance

@inproceedings{Acker2015DisruptiveVS,
  title={Disruptive viability selection on a black plumage trait associated with dominance},
  author={Paul Acker and Arnaud Gr{\'e}goire and Margaux Rat and Claire N Spottiswoode and Ren{\'e} E. van Dijk and Matthieu Paquet and Jennifer C Kaden and R. H. E. Pradel and Ben J Hatchwell and Rita Covas and Claire Doutrelant},
  booktitle={Journal of evolutionary biology},
  year={2015}
}
Traits used in communication, such as colour signals, are expected to have positive consequences for reproductive success, but their associations with survival are little understood. Previous studies have mainly investigated linear relationships between signals and survival, but both hump-shaped and U-shaped relationships can also be predicted, depending on the main costs involved in trait expression. Furthermore, few studies have taken the plasticity of signals into account in viability… CONTINUE READING