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Trends Ecol Evol. 2006 Apr;21(4):170-3. Epub 2006 Feb 7.

Female finery is not for males.

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School of Animal Biology, The University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia. nlebas@cyllene.uwa.edu.au

Abstract

There has recently been an increase in interest in the notion that female ornamentation is selected through male choice, rather than being an artefact of selection on male ornamentation. There are, however, key differences between the sexes in the type of selection pressures that are likely to generate ornamentation and important differences in investment tradeoffs. Here, I discuss that female ornamentation might be selected more often through female competition over resources than through competition over mates, as exemplified in a recent study by Heinsohn and colleagues.

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16701080
DOI:
10.1016/j.tree.2006.01.007
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