Sperm Competition in Birds : Evolutionary Causes and Consequences
An introduction to a subject which has revolutionized thinking in reproductive behaviour and which has direct links with DNA fingerprint studies. It is aimed at senior undergraduates and research biologists in behavioural and evolutionary ecology, and ornithology.
- Hardback | 288 pages
- 184.15 x 254 x 25.4mm | 748.42g
- 01 Jan 1992
- Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
- Academic Press Inc
- San Diego, United States
Table of contents
Birds as vehicles for sperm competition; avian mating systems and sperm competition; male and female reproductive systems and the fertile period; sperm precedence and mechanisms of sperm competition; copulation behaviour - pair copulation, extra-pair copulation; paternity guards - mate guarding, frequent copulation, territoriality and other guards; costs and benefits of extra-pair copulation for males; costs and benefits of extra-pair copulation for females; extra-pair paternity; evolutionary consequences of sperm copulation in birds.