Sexual conflicts in spotted hyenas: male and female mating tactics and their reproductive outcome with respect to age, social status and tenure

  title={Sexual conflicts in spotted hyenas: male and female mating tactics and their reproductive outcome with respect to age, social status and tenure},
  author={Marion L. East and Terrence A Burke and Kerstin Wilhelm and C. Greig and Heribert Hofer},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences},
  pages={1247 - 1254}
  • M. EastT. Burke H. Hofer
  • Published 22 June 2003
  • Psychology
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences
We investigated the reproductive outcomes of male and female mating tactics in the spotted hyena, Crocuta crocuta, a female–dominated social carnivore with high maternal investment, an absence of paternal care and female control over copulation. Paternity was determined using microsatellite profiling of 236 offspring in 171 litters from three clans. We found little evidence that male tactics that sought to coerce or monopolize females were successful. Polyandry and sperm competition appeared to… 

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