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The Lekking Puzzle: The Evolution of Costly Mating Behaviour

Isvaran, K (2020) The Lekking Puzzle: The Evolution of Costly Mating Behaviour. In: Resonance, 25 (3). pp. 353-362.

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Males display diverse behaviours to try to obtain mates. Some male mating tactics, such as lekking, are spectacular because of the behaviours that they involve. Lekking males establish tiny, clustered territories without any resources attractive to females. They perform eye-catching displays, hardly feed, and compete intensely. Here, I describe the challenge that lekking poses to our understanding of the evolution of male mating behaviour. I outline the main hypotheses proposed to explain this behaviour and synthesize the evidence for these hypotheses from empirical tests in wild populations. © 2020, Indian Academy of Sciences.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Resonance
Publisher: Springer
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to Springer
Keywords: Mating behaviour, lekking, matechoice, male-male competition,sexual selection
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2020 10:55
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2020 10:55
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/65295

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