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Sexual Selection

Perspectives and Models from the Neotropics

Sexual Selection: Perspectives and Models from the Neotropics presents new sexual selection research based upon neotropical species. As neotropical regions are destroyed at an alarming rate, with an estimated 140 species of rainforest plants and animals going extinct every day, it is important to bring neotropical research to the fore now.

Sexual selection occurs when the male or female of a species is attracted by certain characteristics such as form, color or behavior. When those features lead to a greater probability of successful mating, they become more prominent in the species. Although most theoretical concepts concerning sexual selection and reproductive strategies are based upon North American and European fauna, the Neotropical region encompasses much more biodiversity, with as many as 15,000 plant and animal species in a single acre of rain forest.

This book illustrates concepts in sexual selection through themes ranging from female cryptic choice in insects, sexual conflict in fish, interaction between sexual selection and the immune system, nuptial gifts, visual and acoustic sexual signaling, parental investment, to alternative mating strategies, among others. These approaches distinguish Sexual Selection from current publications in sexual selection, mainly because of the latitudinal and taxonomic focus, so that readers will be introduced to systems mostly unknown outside the tropics, several of which bring into question some well-established patterns for temperate regions.


Researchers in ethology; evolutionary, behavioral and ecological biology and ecology; as well as advanced undergraduate/graduate students in these areas

Hardbound, 466 Pages

Published: October 2013

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-416028-6



    Regina H. F. Macedo and Glauco Machado, Editors



    1. Sexual selection in the Tropics

    Rogelio Macías-Ordóñez, Glauco Machado, and Regina H. Macedo

    2. Sexual selection in Neotropical species: rules and exceptions

    Alfredo V. Peretti

    3. The challenges and future of science in the Neotropics

    Regina H. Macedo

    4. Tropical environments may promote faster damselfly genitalic evolution

    Alex Córdoba-Aguilar

    5. Sexual selection and genital coevolution in Lepidoptera

    Carlos Cordero Macedo, Nubia Caballero, Victor Sánchez, and James S. Miller

    6. Neuroimmunoendocrinology and sexual selection: how can tropical insects improve this area

    Jorge Contreras Garduño, Jorge Canales Lazcano, and Shelly Adamo

    7. Mating systems, reproductive tactics and territorial disputes in butterflies

    Paulo Enrique Cardoso Peixoto and Luis Mendoza Cuenca

    8. Sexual selection and paternal care in Neotropical arthropods

    Roberto Munguía-Steyer , Gustavo S. Requena, and Glauco Machado

    9. The mating systems of Neotropical harvestmen

    Bruno A. Buzatto, Glauco Machado, and Rogelio Macías-Ordóñez

    10. Sex role reversal in Neotropical spiders

    Anita Aisenberg

    11. Nuptial gifts in Neotropical spiders

    Luiz Ernesto Costa-Schmidt

    12. The harlequin beetle riding pseudoscorpion: sexual selection in an environmentally and genetically heterogeneous context

    Jeanne A. Zeh and David W. Zeh

    13. Reproductive strategies in the swordtail fishes

    Molly Morris and Oscar Rios Cárdenas

    14. Female mate choice and sexual conflict in fish

    Constantino Macias Garcia

    15. Sexual signaling in a colorful world: the neotropical poison frogs

    Adolfo Amézquita

    16. Environmental and physiological control of reproduction in birds from different latitudes

    John Wingfield, Michaela Hau, and Ignacio Moore

    17. Operation of sexual selection in cooperative breeding birds

    Raphael I. Dias, Michael Webster, and Regina H. Macedo

    18. Adaptive divergence, mating signal evolution, and ecological speciation

    Jeff Podos

    19. Lekking species and sexual signaling in Neotropical birds

    Jordan Karubian and Renata Durães

    20. Social organization and mating system in Neotropical primates

    Patricia Izar



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