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Temporal migration patterns and mating tactics influence size-assortative mating in Rana temporaria
- Dittrich, Carolin, Rodríguez, Ariel, Segev, Ori, Drakulić, Sanja, Feldhaar, Heike, Vences, Miguel, Rödel, Mark-Oliver
- Behavioral ecology 2018 v.29 no.2 pp. 418-428
- Rana temporaria, assortative mating, breeding, females, flocks, frogs, males, mating behavior, mating competitiveness, ponds
- Birds of a feather flock together. This is also true for the European common frog where mating of similar sized individuals is more likely. But, how they assort is a rather complex mechanism. Aside from mate choice behavior and male–male competition, size dependent temporal migration patterns cause assortative mating. Larger males and females reach breeding ponds earlier in the season and are thus more likely to meet.