Summers, K. 1992: Dart-poison frogs and the control of sexual selection. Ethology 91, 89–107.
Dart-poison Frogs and the Control of Sexual Selection
Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
1992 Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Volume 91, Issue 2, pages 89–107, January-December 1992
How to Cite
Summers, K. (1992), Dart-poison Frogs and the Control of Sexual Selection. Ethology, 91: 89–107. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.1992.tb00854.x
- Issue published online: 26 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
- Received: May 21, 1991 Accepted: February 5, 1992 (G. Barlow)
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In some species of dart-poison frogs (genus Dendrobates), males perform parental care. Some researchers have suggested that high relative parental investment by males in these species causes sex-role reversal. I argue here that, in general, three factors cause sexual selection: inequality of relative parental investment, variance in mate quality, and variability of parental investment. I review evidence from my previous research that contradicts the hypothesis that unequal relative parental investment can explain female mating strategies in two species of dart-poison frogs with male parental care. I then discuss the hypothesis that variability of male parental investment has an important effect on female mating strategies in these species.