The contagion indicator hypothesis for parasite-mediated sexual selection.

@article{Able1996TheCI,
  title={The contagion indicator hypothesis for parasite-mediated sexual selection.},
  author={D. Able},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={1996},
  volume={93 5},
  pages={
          2229-33
        }
}
Hamilton and Zuk [Hamilton, W. D. & Zuk, M. (1982) Science 218, 384-387] proposed that females choosing mates based on the degree of expression of male characters obtain heritable parasite resistance for their offspring. Alternatively, the "contagion indicator" hypothesis posits that females choose mates based on the degree of expression of male characters because the latter indicate a male's degree of infestation of parasites and thus the risk that choosing females and their offspring will… CONTINUE READING

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