Animals may be careful in their choice of mates for a variety of reasons. The ideal mate may have to hold valuable resources as well as being highly fertile or fecund. As likely as not, it should be neither too closely related nor too distantly related, and it should be maximally attractive. All these aspects of a member of the opposite sex may influence how many descendants the pair could produce, but the importance of each will usually depend on the sex and the species of the individual making the choice. This book brings together modern thinking on the various functions of mate choice and its role in evolution. The ways in which finely tuned preferences for a particular member of the opposite sex develop are described, as is the importance of compatibility between mates in long-lived species. Finally, the book deals with the underlying mechanisms and the decision rules involved in choosing a mate. The different approaches of the authors combine to make an excellent overview of an attractive and fascinating topic. The book is particularly directed at students, teachers, and research workers, who are interested in evolution and behaviour, but the surveys it contains will be of considerable use to others whose main field of interest is in the social sciences.
ContentsThe study of mate choice / T.R. Halliday
Monogamy : an ambiguous concept / Wolfgang Wickler and Uta Seibt
Sexual selection by female choice / Peter O'Donald
Sexual selection : the interface of theory and empiricism / Stevan J. Arnold
Leks and mate choice / Jack W. Bradbury and Robert M. Gibson
Mate quality and mating decisions / G.A. Parker
Mate choice in role-reversed species / Marion Petrie
Male-male competition and mate choice in anuran amphibians / Anthony Arak
Mate choice in the European rabbit / Diana J. Bell
Non-random mating and offspring fitness / Linda Partridge
Optimal outbreeding / Patrick Bateson
Assortative mating, mate choice and reproductive fitness in snow geese / F. Cooke and J.C. Davies
Mate choice in the mallard / Diane M. Williams
Early experience and sexual preferences in rodents / Bruno D'Udine and Enrico Alleva
Re-mating in birds / Ian Rowley
Mate choice in the Kittiwake gull / J.C. Coulson and C.S. Thomas
Mate choice in humans as an interpersonal process / Steve Duck and Dorothy Miell
Hormonal mechanisms of mate choice in birds / J.B. Hutchinson and R.E. Hutchinson
Endocrine determinants and constraints on sexual behaviour in monkeys / Eric B. Keverne
Life history tactics and alternative strategies of reproduction / R.I.M Dunbar
Tactics of mate choice / James F. Wittenberger.
Courtship in animals
Sexual selection in animals -- Congresses.
|Publisher|| Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York :Cambridge University Press,1983
Bateson, P. P. G.
(Paul Patrick Gordon), 1938-2017
Based on a conference held by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour in Cambridge in July 1981.
xv, 462 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.