Female choice for heterozygous mates changes along successive matings in a lizard.

Laloi, David, Eizaguirre, Christophe, Fédérici, Pierre and Massot, Manuel (2011) Female choice for heterozygous mates changes along successive matings in a lizard. Behavioural Processes, 88 (3). pp. 149-154. DOI 10.1016/j.beproc.2011.08.011.

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Female mate choice and female multiple mating are major focuses of studies on sexual selection. In a multiple mating context, the benefits of mate choice can change along successive matings, and female choice would be expected to change accordingly. We investigated sequential female mate choice in the moderately polyandrous common lizard (Zootoca vivipara, synonym Lacerta vivipara). Along successive mating opportunities, we found that females were relatively unselective for the first mate, but accepted males of higher heterozygosity for subsequent mating, consistent with the trade-up choice hypothesis. We discuss the evidence of trade-up mate choice in squamates and generally trade-up for mate heterozygosity in order to motivate new studies to fill gaps on these questions.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Fishes; Mate choice; Multiple mating; Heterozygosity; Trade-up hypothesis; Zootoca vivipara
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EV Marine Evolutionary Ecology
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1016/j.beproc.2011.08.011
ISSN: 0376-6357
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2011 14:30
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2016 10:56
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/12715

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