Reindeer antlers: visual indicators of individual quality?

  title={Reindeer antlers: visual indicators of individual quality?},
  author={Eystein Markusson and I. Folstad},
  • Eystein Markusson, I. Folstad
  • Published 1997
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Oecologia
  • Abstract Fluctuating asymmetry (FA) in ornamental characters may reflect developmental stability in the translation from genotype to phenotype. Antlers of reindeer show FA, are visually conspicuous ornaments and are important in intraspecific assessment. We show that there is a negative relationship between size and asymmetry in visual antler characteristics (i.e., antler length and number of tines) among free-ranging male reindeer in rut. This indicates that individuals that develop large… CONTINUE READING
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