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

@article{Preston2003OvertAC,
  title={Overt and covert competition in a promiscuous mammal: the importance of weaponry and testes size to male reproductive success.},
  author={Brian T. Preston and Ian R Stevenson and Josephine M Pemberton and David W. Coltman and K. Wilson},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2003},
  volume={270 1515},
  pages={633-40}
}
Male contests for access to receptive females are thought to have selected for the larger male body size and conspicuous weaponry frequently observed in mammalian species. However, when females copulate with multiple males within an oestrus, male reproductive success is a function of both pre- and postcopulatory strategies. The relative importance of these overt and covert forms of sexual competition has rarely been assessed in wild populations. The Soay sheep mating system is characterized by… CONTINUE READING
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