Female Incitation of Male Competition: A Mechanism in Sexual Selection

@article{Cox1977FemaleIO,
  title={Female Incitation of Male Competition: A Mechanism in Sexual Selection},
  author={Cathleen R. Cox and Burney J. Le Boeuf},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={1977},
  volume={111},
  pages={317 - 335}
}
Females that mate with the most fit male available leave more viable offspring than females that mate with males of lesser fitness. We describe a mechanism by which females facilitate mating with a superior genotype, as reflected by age, social rank, and sexual experience, without exerting choice. Female elephant seals increase the probability of mating with a mature, high-ranking male by simply rejecting all copulatory attempts during early estrus. Females protest loudly when mounted; this… Expand
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