The evolution of sexual size dimorphism in reptiles

  title={The evolution of sexual size dimorphism in reptiles},
  author={Robert M Cox and Marguerite Butler and Henry B. John-Alder},
Reptiles figure prominently in both historical and current research on sexual size dimorphism (SSD), in part because of the considerable range of dimorphisms and life histories observed within this group. In this chapter, we describe the major patterns of SSD in reptiles and discuss the primary evolutionary hypotheses and ecological correlates proposed to explain these patterns. Our discussion of patterns in reptile SSD is based on a large dataset for which we compiled measures of adult SSD for… CONTINUE READING