The shape of female mating preferences

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Abstract

The ''shape'' of a female mating preference is the relationship between a male trait and the probability of acceptance as a mating partner, The shape of preferences is important in many models of sexual selection, mate recognition, communication, and speciation, yet it has rarely been measured precisely, Here I examine preference shape for male calling song in a bushcricket (katydid). Preferences change dramatically between races of a species, from strongly directional to broadly stabilizing (but with a net directional effect), Preference shape generally matches the distribution of the male trait, This is compatible with a coevolutionary model of signal-preference evolution, although it does nor rule out an alternative model, sensory exploitation. Preference shapes are shown to be genetic in origin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14628-14631
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume93
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 1996

Keywords

  • insect song
  • phonotaxis
  • premating
  • reproductive isolation
  • speciation
  • sexual selection
  • EPHIPPIGER-EPHIPPIGER ORTHOPTERA
  • SEXUAL SELECTION
  • ANIMAL COMMUNICATION
  • COELOPA-FRIGIDA
  • MATE CHOICE
  • SEAWEED FLY
  • EVOLUTION
  • SONG
  • TETTIGONIIDAE
  • RECOGNITION

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