Females prefer larger leks: field experiments with ruffs (Philomachus pugnax)

  title={Females prefer larger leks: field experiments with ruffs (Philomachus pugnax)},
  author={D. Lank and C. Smith},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  • D. Lank, C. Smith
  • Published 2004
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • SummaryPreference by females for choosing mates at male aggregations has been hypothesized as the primary selective pressure favoring the formation of leks, but alternative hypotheses account for lek formation without invoking female preference. Observational studies to determine whether male mating success increases with lek size, as predicted under the female preference hypothesis, have produced inconsistent results, possibly due to covariation of lek size with other variables or to male-male… CONTINUE READING
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