Genetic Consequences of Mate Choice: A Quantitative Genetic Method for Testing Sexual Selection Theory

  title={Genetic Consequences of Mate Choice: A Quantitative Genetic Method for Testing Sexual Selection Theory},
  author={Christine R. B. Boake},
  pages={1061 - 1063}
  • C. Boake
  • Published 1 March 1985
  • Biology
  • Science
To investigate whether female mate choice could be directed at male genetic quality, male chemical signals and progeny fitness were studied in the red flour beetle (Tribolium castaneum). Differences among males in the attractiveness of their pheromone to females were statistically significant. Developmental time of progeny was significantly heritable, indicating that some males have "good genes" for this trait. There was no statistically significant correlation between progeny fitness and male… 
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