Female preference for symmetry in computer-animated three-spined sticklebacks, Gasterosteus aculeatus

@article{Mazzi2003FemalePF,
  title={Female preference for symmetry in computer-animated three-spined sticklebacks, Gasterosteus aculeatus},
  author={Donatella Mazzi and Reto K{\"u}nzler and Theo C. M. Bakker},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2003},
  volume={54},
  pages={156-161}
}
Fluctuating asymmetries are subtle random deviations from perfect symmetry in bilateral traits caused by the inability of individuals to buffer their development against the disruptive effects of genetic and environmental stresses. The degree of asymmetry of secondary sexual characters is supposed to convey information about a male's phenotypic and/or genetic quality, and females may thus be expected to use bilateral symmetry as a cue in mate choice. We independently and simultaneously… CONTINUE READING

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