• Biology, Medicine
  • Published in The American naturalist 2013
  • DOI:10.1086/668830

Female mate fidelity in a Lek mating system and its implications for the evolution of cooperative lekking behavior.

@article{Duval2013FemaleMF,
  title={Female mate fidelity in a Lek mating system and its implications for the evolution of cooperative lekking behavior.},
  author={Emily H Duval},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2013},
  volume={181 2},
  pages={
          213-22
        }
}
The extent and importance of female mate fidelity in polygynous mating systems are poorly known. Fidelity may contribute to high variance in male reproductive success when it favors attractive mates or may stabilize social interactions if females are faithful to mating sites rather than males. Using 12 years of data on genetic mate choice in the cooperatively lekking lance-tailed manakin (Chiroxiphia lanceolata), I investigated the frequency of fidelity within and between years, whether females… CONTINUE READING

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