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The evolution of leks--clusters of small territories where males congregate and display in order to attract mates--is of central issue in behavioral ecology, because of the insights it offers into female mate choice, sexual selection, and the evolution of mating systems. In the first book on the subject, Jacob Höglund and Rauno Alatalo draw together existing knowledge on two main aspects of lekking. Why do leks evolve in some species and not in others? Why do females of certain lekking species select their mates even though such behavior reaps few or no material benefits for them? In each case they emphasize the importance of understanding the selective forces that act on individuals in natural populations.

Höglund and Alatalo synthesize the available information on lekking in all animal groups and suggest new areas of research.

Originally published in 1995.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Other Works in the Series, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. List of Drawings at Part Openings
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  1. Preface
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  1. PART I
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. What Are Leks?
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  1. 2. A Taxonomic Overview
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  1. PART Il
  2. pp. 49-50
  1. 3. Determinants of Male Mating Success
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  1. 4. Female Mating Adaptations
  2. pp. 92-121
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  1. 5. Black Grouse: A Case Study
  2. pp. 122-136
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  1. 6. Comparative Studies
  2. pp. 137-148
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  1. PART III
  2. pp. 149-150
  1. 7. A Review of Hypotheses
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  1. 8. Intraspecific Variation
  2. pp. 175-183
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  1. 9. Game Theory Models of Leks
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  1. PART IV
  2. pp. 199-200
  1. 10. Concluding Remarks and Prospects for Future Studies
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  1. References
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  1. Author Index
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  1. Subject and Species Index
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400864157
Related ISBN(s)
9780691037271, 9780691037288, 9780691606088, 9780691634920
MARC Record
OCLC
889252423
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No

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