The discrimination of alternative male morphologies.

JS Kotiaho, Joseph Leopold Tomkins

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Abstract

Male dimorphisms represent alternative selective regimes within a sex. As such, they can be used as a powerful tool in testing evolutionary theory. However, to realize this potential, we need to be able to accurately discriminate individuals into two separate morphs. In this article we discuss the existing methods and propose a new one. We test our method with data from three dimorphic species and compare these results to results with existing methods. We conclude that existing methods often misclassify a large proportion of individuals, but applying our method notably reduces these errors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-557
Number of pages5
JournalBehavioral Ecology
Volume12
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2001

Keywords

  • male dimorphism
  • morph discrimination
  • sexual selection
  • alternative reproductive strategies
  • BEETLE ONTHOPHAGUS-TAURUS
  • AMEGILLA-DAWSONI APIDAE
  • MALE MATING STRATEGIES
  • ACUMINATUS COLEOPTERA
  • FLUCTUATING ASYMMETRY
  • SEXUAL SELECTION
  • HORN DIMORPHISM
  • BURROWING BEE
  • BODY-SIZE
  • SCARABAEIDAE

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