Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 275–281 | Cite as

Female choice of large males in the treefrog Hyla chrysoscelis: the importance of identifying the scale of choice

  • Molly R. Morris


In this study, I detected the presence of female choice for larger males in the treefrog Hyla chrysoscelis. Mated males were larger than unmated males at the scales females could have assessed males: local groups (males found within 2 meters of a mated pair) and the nightly chorus. In addition, females were observed to initiate amplexus with the larger males in local groups. Mated males were larger than unmated males for two of the four seasons studied. Seasonal mating success was also analyzed with a multiple regression model that included size and chorus attendance (nights spent at the breeding site). The partial selection coefficients, which represent the relative magnitude of directional selection, were significant for size in only one season and for chorus attendance in all four seasons. Therefore, there are two possible advantages to being a large male: increased likelihood of obtaining a mate due to female preference, and increased likelihood of mating even if no female preference because of a greater number of opportunities to obtain a mating if matings occurred at random.


Regression Model Relative Magnitude Multiple Regression Model Mating Success Breeding Site 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Molly R. Morris
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  1. 1.Biology DepartmentIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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