Robin M. Tinghitella, Emily G. Weigel, Megan Head and Janette W. Boughman Flexible mate choice when mates are rare and time is short Ecology and Evolution 3
Mate choice is dynamic and depends on both extrinsic and intrinsic factors. In this study, we investigate how responses to the social mating environment (extrinsic) change as individuals age (intrinsic). We find that female threespine sticklebacks become more responsive to courtship as they age, and that those experiencing female-biased, but not male-biased, sex ratios relax their mating decisions late in life.
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