Facultative adjustment of the offspring sex ratio and male attractiveness: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

  title={Facultative adjustment of the offspring sex ratio and male attractiveness: a systematic review and meta-analysis.},
  author={Isobel Booksmythe and Brian Mautz and Jacqueline Davis and Shinichi Nakagawa and Michael D. Jennions},
  journal={Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society},
  volume={92 1},
Females can benefit from mate choice for male traits (e.g. sexual ornaments or body condition) that reliably signal the effect that mating will have on mean offspring fitness. These male-derived benefits can be due to material and/or genetic effects. The latter include an increase in the attractiveness, hence likely mating success, of sons. Females can potentially enhance any sex-biased benefits of mating with certain males by adjusting the offspring sex ratio depending on their mate's… CONTINUE READING
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