Sexually transmitted disease in birds: occurrence and evolutionary significance.

@article{Sheldon1993SexuallyTD,
  title={Sexually transmitted disease in birds: occurrence and evolutionary significance.},
  author={Ben C. Sheldon},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={1993},
  volume={339 1290},
  pages={
          491-7
        }
}
  • B. Sheldon
  • Published 29 March 1993
  • Biology
  • Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDS) span two current areas of sexual selection theory, namely the roles of multiple mating in determining individual reproductive success, and of parasites in mate choice, yet have been relatively neglected in the ecological literature. I reviewed the occurrence of STDS in populations of commercially kept birds and found widespread evidence for the existence of pathogenic STDS in such populations. STDs may have important consequences for the evolution of… 

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