Mating dominance amongst male Himalayan tahr: Blonds do better

  title={Mating dominance amongst male Himalayan tahr: Blonds do better},
  author={Sandro Lovari and B. Pellizzi and Roberto Boesi and Leonida Fusani},
  journal={Behavioural Processes},

Face markings in Northern chamois: cues of dominance?

The results offer some first insights into the potential correlates of chamois facial mask, suggesting that face markings might provide age-specific cues of mass-based dominance in females, while their role in males appears more uncertain.

On the Behavioural Biology of the Mainland Serow: A Comparative Study

An evolutionary comparison across Caprinae species with unritualised piercing horns, inclusive of serows, suggests that inter-sexual direct forms of aggressive behaviour are used significantly more often than indirect ones, except for chamois, confirming Rupicapra spp.

Male mating competitiveness and age-dependent relationship between testosterone and social rank in bighorn sheep

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Reproductive timing in a lekking mammal: male fallow deer getting ready for female estrus

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Vocalizations by Alaskan moose: female incitation of male aggression

Results indicate that female moose gave protest moans to reduce harassment by smaller males, and assure a mating opportunity with the most dominant male, a subtle mechanism of indirect mate choice by females in other vertebrates in which choice is limited by a mating system in which male–male combat and male dominance over females reduces opportunities for female choice.

Coat color and its effect on preference for the scent marks of opposite-sex conspecifics in the meadow vole Microtus pennsylvanicus

The data suggest that blond females who are already conspicuous to predators, may select blond males as mates because these conspicuous males have survived to mate they may have good genes that reflect their relatively higher quality.

Mammalian sexual dimorphism.

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Results of a long-term study performed in the lekking fallow deer population of San Rossore, Italy, where data were collected through radio-tracking and direct observations showed that the actual position of the leK is handy with regards to female travel costs and predation risk avoidance, in accordance to the female preference and predator avoidance hypotheses.

Habitat preferences of high-altitude Galliformes in Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal

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Sexual Differences in Aggressive Behaviour of the Apennine Chamois

Sexual differences in patterns of aggressive behaviour may be related to the different gregariousness of females and males, probably influenced by resource availability in the habitats they use.

Clues for dominance in female chamois: Age, weight, or horn size?

A study of social interactions among female Apennine chamois Rupicapra pyrenaica ornata was made in Abruzzo National Park, central Italy, between 1981 and 1982 and suggests that body weight may be the most important attribute.

Social mediation of sexually selected ornamentation and steroid hormone levels in male junglefowl

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Sexual size dimorphism in fallow deer (Dama dama): do larger, heavier males gain greater mating success?

It is concluded that larger mature fallow bucks have advantages over other males when competing for matings, and sexual selection therefore continues to act on sexual size dimorphism in this species.

Overt and covert competition in a promiscuous mammal: the importance of weaponry and testes size to male reproductive success

The Soay sheep mating system is characterized by male contests for mating opportunities and high female promiscuity and it is found that greater horn length, body size and good condition each independently influence a male' ability to monopolize receptive females.

Testosterone is involved in acquisition and maintenance of sexually selected male plumage in superb fairy-wrens, Malurus cyaneus

The evidence suggests that development of the nuptial plumage is testosterone dependent, although it cannot exclude that testosterone exerts its action after conversion to a metabolite such as oestrogen.

Sexual Selection, Temperature, and the Lion's Mane

The mane of the African lion is a highly variable trait that reflects male condition and ambient temperature, and phenotypic plasticity suggests that the mane will respond to forecasted increases in ambient temperature.

An experimental study of male adornment in the scarlet-tufted malachite sunbird: I. The role of pectoral tufts in territorial defence

The results indicate that the pectoral tufts of male scarlet-tufted malachite sunbirds are used as a means of male-male assessment during aggressive interactions.

Rank and reproduction in cooperatively breeding African wild dogs: behavioral and endocrine correlates

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