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Female Control: Sexual Selection by Cryptic Female Choice (Monographs in Behavior and Ecology)

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A growing body of evidence has begun to reveal flaws in the traditional assumption of female passivity and lack of discrimination after copulation has begun. William Eberhard has compiled an impressive array of research on the ability of females to shape the outcome of mating. He describes studies of many different cryptic mechanisms by which a female can accept a male for copulation but nevertheless reject him as a father. Evidence from various fields indicates that such selectivity by females may be the norm rather than the exception. Because most post-copulatory competition between males for paternity is played out within the bodies of females, female behavior, morphology, and physiology probably often influence male success in these contests. Eberhard draws examples from a diversity of organisms, ranging from ctenophores to scorpions, nematodes to frogs, and crickets to humans.

Cryptic female choice establishes a new bridge between sexual selection theory and reproductive physiology, in particular the physiological effects of male seminal products on female reproductive processes, such as sperm transport, oviposition, and remating. Eberhard interweaves his review of previous studies with speculation on the consequences of this theoretical development, and indicates promising new directions for future research.

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A growing body of evidence has begun to reveal flaws in the traditional assumption of female passivity and lack of discrimination after copulation has begun. William Eberhard has compiled an impressive array of research on the ability of females to shape the outcome of mating. He describes studies of many different cryptic mechanisms by which a female can accept a male for copulation but nevertheless reject him as a father. Evidence from various fields indicates that such selectivity by females may be the norm rather than the exception. Because most post-copulatory competition between males for paternity is played out within the bodies of females, female behavior, morphology, and physiology probably often influence male success in these contests. Eberhard draws examples from a diversity of organisms, ranging from ctenophores to scorpions, nematodes to frogs, and crickets to humans.

Cryptic female choice establishes a new bridge between sexual selection theory and reproductive physiology, in particular the physiological effects of male seminal products on female reproductive processes, such as sperm transport, oviposition, and remating. Eberhard interweaves his review of previous studies with speculation on the consequences of this theoretical development, and indicates promising new directions for future research.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [423]-487) and index.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1What Is Cryptic Female Choice?3
2Selection on Cryptic Female Choice44
3Principal Mechanisms of Cryptic Female Choice80
4Other Mechanisms of Cryptic Female Choice142
5Evidence That Cryptic Female Choice is Widespread, I: Copulatory Courtship and Related Phenomena204
6Evidence That Cryptic Female Choice Is Widespread, II: Effects of Male Sexual Products on Females256
7Evidence That Cryptic Female Choice Is Widespread, III: Male and Female Morphology331
8Related Topics367
9Evidence Ruling Out Cryptic Female Choice: Is It Common?397
10Summary and Conclusions416
References423
Subject Index489
Taxonomic Index492

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691010847
Author:
Eberhard, William G.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Eberhard, William
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Zoology
Subject:
Physiology
Subject:
Reproduction
Subject:
Sexual selection in animals.
Subject:
Reproduction -- Regulation.
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Anatomy & Physiology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - General
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Biological Sciences.
Subject:
Biology-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Monographs in Behavior and Ecology Paperback
Series Volume:
6961
Publication Date:
July 1996
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
36 halftones, 110 line drawings, 27 tabl
Pages:
472
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 26 oz

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"Synopsis" by , A growing body of evidence has begun to reveal flaws in the traditional assumption of female passivity and lack of discrimination after copulation has begun. William Eberhard has compiled an impressive array of research on the ability of females to shape the outcome of mating. He describes studies of many different cryptic mechanisms by which a female can accept a male for copulation but nevertheless reject him as a father. Evidence from various fields indicates that such selectivity by females may be the norm rather than the exception. Because most post-copulatory competition between males for paternity is played out within the bodies of females, female behavior, morphology, and physiology probably often influence male success in these contests. Eberhard draws examples from a diversity of organisms, ranging from ctenophores to scorpions, nematodes to frogs, and crickets to humans.

Cryptic female choice establishes a new bridge between sexual selection theory and reproductive physiology, in particular the physiological effects of male seminal products on female reproductive processes, such as sperm transport, oviposition, and remating. Eberhard interweaves his review of previous studies with speculation on the consequences of this theoretical development, and indicates promising new directions for future research.

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