Mate choice in males and females

Ingrid Ahnesjo, Ines Braga Goncalves

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To find a “dream mate” is important for fitness in all sexually reproducing animals because half of the genome of one’s offspring comes from the chosen mate. Individuals that choose their mates may gain both direct benefits (ie, care or other resources) and indirect benefits (genes improving offspring viability or attractiveness). Mate choice occurs in males and females, and individuals may simultaneously be choosy and compete to be chosen. Processes that often result in sexual selection and in the evolution of secondary sexual characters. Mate choice is context-dependent, operates on multiple traits and varies in time and space.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReference module in life sciences
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9780128096338
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016

Bibliographical note

Update of: I. Ahnesjö, 'Mate choice in males and females' in "Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior", 2010, Pages 394-398.


  • Female choice
  • Male choice
  • Mate assessment
  • Mate choice
  • Sexual selection


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