Review Lecture: Mammalian mating systems

  title={Review Lecture: Mammalian mating systems},
  author={Tim H. Clutton‐Brock},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. B. Biological Sciences},
  pages={339 - 372}
  • T. Clutton‐Brock
  • Published 22 May 1989
  • Biology
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. B. Biological Sciences
Male mammals show a diverse array of mating bonds, including obligate monogamy, unimale and group polygyny and promiscuity. These are associated with a wide variety of different forms of mate guarding, including the defence of feeding and mating territories, the defence of female groups and the defence of individual receptive females. Female mating bonds include long-term monogamy, serial monogamy, polyandry and promiscuity. Both male and female mating behaviour varies widely within species… 
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