Intrasexual competition and mate choice in primates


  • John G. Robinson

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    1. Florida State Museum and Department of Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville, and Department of Zoological Research, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
    • Florida State Museum, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611
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Variation in reproductive success in each sex is a consequence of (a) mate choice for an individual's attributes, such as its rank, age, reproductive experience, etc, and the material benefits, such as resources and services, that the individual can provide and (b) intrasexual competition for the preferred attributes and material benefits. This paper reviews the many factors influencing reproductive success in primates, examines the mechanisms producing variation in success, and discusses the selective bassis for attractive qualities.