Sexual selection and performance

Duncan J. Irschick and Timothy E. Higham

in Animal Athletes

Published in print December 2015 | ISBN: 9780199296545
Published online January 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191817489 | DOI:
Sexual selection and performance

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Sexually selected traits emerge typically as morphological traits that enhance reproduction by increasing the ability to compete for mates (typically through male competition) or the ability to attract females. Sexual selection thus results in a complex network of traits that enhance fighting ability, such as endurance capacity, bite force, and speed, but can also push males to their performance limit during displays to females. This chapter examines these traits and explores the limits of performance in relation to reproductive success. In addition, it examines how the diversity of sexual structures of animals can be explained through variation in performance traits.

Keywords: bite force; morphological traits; sexual selection; display; endurance

Chapter.  6318 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences ; Animal Pathology and Diseases

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