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Are females in good condition better able to cope with costly males?
- Iglesias-Carrasco, Maider, Jennions, Michael D, Zajitschek, Susanne R K, Head, Megan L
- Behavioral ecology 2018 v.29 no.4 pp. 876-884
- copulation, females, males, phenotype
- The net gains females obtain from mating might depend on both her phenotype and that of her mate. We manipulated male and female conditions to determine their effects on mating behavior and fitness. Females mated with males in better condition started dislodging males sooner and had shorter copulations than females mated to poor condition males. However, there was no detectable fitness cost to females of mating with males in poorer condition. Females may ameliorate the costs of mating by altering their behavior.