Friday, 20 April 2012

If you have a long one you have more success

Multiple sexual traits are important assessment criteria for female mate choice. In the palmate newt you, as a male, need to have a long one (tail filament), and should actively court, if you want to seduce your female. This new RACE-article on the palmate newt sets a baseline for the importance of multiple sexual signalling for better understanding the non-lethal impact of diseases like Bd and Amphibiocystidium on the reproduction of newts. The article has been published in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.

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