Reflectance spectra and mating patterns support intraspecific mimicry in the colour polymorphic damselfly Ischnura elegans

@article{Gossum2010ReflectanceSA,
  title={Reflectance spectra and mating patterns support intraspecific mimicry in the colour polymorphic damselfly Ischnura elegans},
  author={Hans van Gossum and Jessica Bots and Jasper Van Heusden and Martijn Hammers and Katleen Huyghe and Nathan Morehouse},
  journal={Evolutionary Ecology},
  year={2010},
  volume={25},
  pages={139-154}
}
Coexistence of female colour morphs in animal populations is often considered the result of sexual conflict, where polymorphic females benefit from reduced male sexual harassment. Mate-searching males easily detect suitable partners when only one type of female is present, but become challenged when multiple female morphs coexist, which may result in frequency-dependent mate preferences. Intriguingly, in damselflies, one female morph often closely resembles the conspecific male in body… CONTINUE READING
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