Sperm Competition in Birds : Evolutionary Causes and Consequences
Sperm Competition in Birds covers both functional and causal aspects of the subject and discusses the importance of sperm competition in different avian mating systems, the relationship between sperm competition and male and female reproductive anatomy and physiology, copulation patterns, paternity guards, the costs and benefits of copulation with multiple partners for both males and females, the relationship between multiple mating and paternity and finally, the far-reaching evolutionary consequences of sperm competition. The text is supported by numerous photographs, diagrams, tables and outstanding illustrations by David Quinn.
- Paperback | 288 pages
- 130 x 198.1 x 25.4mm | 464.47g
- 01 Feb 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.