Do pheromones reveal male immunocompetence?

@article{Rantala2002DoPR,
  title={Do pheromones reveal male immunocompetence?},
  author={M. J. Rantala and I. Jokinen and R. Kortet and A. Vainikka and J. Suhonen},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences},
  year={2002},
  volume={269},
  pages={1681 - 1685}
}
Pheromones function not only as mate attractors, but they may also relay important information to prospective mates. It has been shown that vertebrates can distinguish, via olfactory mechanisms, major histocompatibility complex types in their prospective mates. However, whether pheromones can transmit information about immunocompetence is unknown. Here, we show that female mealworm beetles (Tenebrio molitor) prefer pheromones from males with better immunocompetence, indicated by a faster… Expand
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