Horns honestly advertise parasite infection in male and female African buffalo

  title={Horns honestly advertise parasite infection in male and female African buffalo},
  author={V. Ezenwa and A. Jolles},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  • V. Ezenwa, A. Jolles
  • Published 2008
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • The evolution and maintenance of elaborate secondary sexual characters in males have been the subject of intense interest since Darwin's time. [...] Key Method We examined whether individuals with larger horns were less likely to be infected with parasites, and had lower parasite loads and stronger immune systems. In males, horn size was significantly negatively correlated with the number of different parasites infecting an individual (parasite richness), the likelihood of infection with strongyle nematodes and…Expand Abstract
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