Sexual Selection, Temperature, and the Lion's Mane

  title={Sexual Selection, Temperature, and the Lion's Mane},
  author={Peyton M. West and C. Packer},
  pages={1339 - 1343}
  • Peyton M. West, C. Packer
  • Published 2002
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • The mane of the African lion (Panthera leo) is a highly variable trait that reflects male condition and ambient temperature. We examined the consequences of this variation in a long-term study of lions in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Mane darkness indicates nutrition and testosterone and influences both female choice and male-male competition. Mane length signals fighting success and only appears to influence male-male assessment. Dark-maned males enjoy longer reproductive life-spans… CONTINUE READING
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