Sexual Selection, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0123914566
  • ISBN-13: 9780123914569
  • DDC: 591.562
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 466 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Sexual Selection: Perspectives and Models from the Neotropics presents new sexual selection research based on neotropical species. As neotropical regions are destroyed at an alarming rate, with an estimated 140 species of rainforest plants and animals going extinct every day, it is important to bring neotropical research to the fore. Sexual selection occurs when the male or female of a species is attracted by certain characteristics such as form, color, or behavior. When those features lead to a greater probability of successful mating, they become more prominent. Though most theoretical concepts around sexual selection and reproductive strategies are based on North American and European fauna, the neotropical region comprises much more biodiversity, with as many as 15,000 plant and animal species in a single acre of rain forest. This book illustrates concepts in sexual selection through themes ranging from female cryptic choice in insects, sexual conflict in fish, interaction between sexual selection and the immune system, nuptial gifts, visual and acoustic sexual signaling, and parental investment to alternative mating strategies. Sexual Selection is distinguished from current publications, primarily because of its latitudinal and taxonomic focus. Readers are introduced to systems mostly unknown outside the tropics, several of which bring into question some well-established patterns for temperate regions.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Macroecology of Sexual Selection: Large-Scale Influence of Climate on Sexually Selected Traits.
2: Sexual Selection in Neotropical Species: Rules and Exceptions.
3: Secondary Sexual Traits, Immune Response, Parasites, and Pathogens: The Importance of Studying Neotropical Insects.
4: Territorial Mating Systems in Butterflies: What We Know and What Neotropical Species Can Show.
5: Macroecology of Harvestman Mating Systems.
6: Adventurous Females and Demanding Males: Sex Role Reversal in a Neotropical Spider.
7: Sexual Selection, Ecology, and Evolution of Nuptial Gifts in Spiders.
8: Paternal Care and Sexual Selection in Arthropods.
9: underestimating the Role of Female Preference and Sexual Conflict in the Evolution of Arts in Fishes: Insights from a Clade of Neotropical Fishes.
10: Mode of Reproduction, Mate Choice, and Species Richness in Goodeid Fish.
11: Parental Care, Sexual Selection, and Mating Systems in Neotropical Poison Frogs.
12: Testosterone, Territoriality, and Social Interactions in Neotropical Birds.
13: Sexual Selection and the Evolution of Vocal Mating Signals: Lessons from Neotropical Songbirds.
14: Impacts of Mating Behavior on Plant–Animal Seed Dispersal Mutualisms: A Case Study from a Neotropical Lek-Breeding Bird.
15: Flights of Fancy: Mating Behavior, Displays and Ornamentation in a Neotropical Bird.
16: Sexual Selection in Neotropical Bats.
Color Plates.