Sperm Competition and Sexual Selection

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Sperm Competition and Sexual Selection

By Birkhead, Tim R.; Møller, Anders Pape

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Sperm Competition and Sexual Selection presents the intricate ways in which sperm compete to fertilize eggs and how this has prompted reinterpretations of breeding behavior. This book provides a theoretical framework for the study of sperm competition, which is a central part of sexual selection. It also discusses the roles of females and the relationships between paternal care in sperm competition. The chapters focusing on taxonomic development are diverse and cover all the major animal groups, both vertebrate and invertebrate, and plants. The final chapter provides an overview discussing the relationship between sperm competition and sexual selection in terms of both function and mechanism and how these translate into species fitness. This book will be of prime interest to behaviorists, ecologists and evolutionary biologists, suggesting new avenues of research and new ways of approaching old problems.

Key Features
* The only up-to-date summary of a central and popular subject
* Well known editors and authors
* Provides a theoretical framework for the study of sperm competition
* Covers all major animal groups
* Includes a chapter on plants

Subject: Allied Health & Medical -> Medical -> Pathophysiology

Sperm Competition and Sexual Selection
Publisher: Elsevier S & T 08/1998
Imprint: Academic Press
Language: English
Length: 826 pages

ISBN 10: 0121005437
ISBN 13: 9780121005436
Print ISBN: 9780121005436

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