Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior

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Female Choice

  • Rachel M. PetersenEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6_308-1



Process by which females can bias paternity of their offspring to certain categories of males.


Sexual selection acts on variation in traits that affect reproductive success. Sexual selection can occur via competition between members of the same sex for reproductive opportunities with members of the opposite sex (intrasexual selection) or through mate choice for attractive members of the opposite sex (intersexual selection). Whereas intrasexual selection has traditionally been thought to act more strongly on males via male-male competition leading to male weaponry and body size dimorphism (direct competition) and large testis volume (indirect competition), intersexual selection has been thought to act more strongly on females choosing males due to differences in life history and parental investment between the sexes. Female choice is a form of intersexual selection by which females can increase their reproductive...

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  1. 1.University of CambridgeCambridgeUK