Sperm Competition and Sexual Selection
- Tim Birkhead, University of Sheffield, UK
- Anders Møller, Laboratoire d'Ecologie, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
Sperm Competition and Sexual Selection presents the intricate ways in which sperm compete to fertilize eggs and how this has prompted reinterpretations of breeding behavior. This book provides a theoretical framework for the study of sperm competition, which is a central part of sexual selection. It also discusses the roles of females and the relationships between paternal care in sperm competition. The chapters focusing on taxonomic development are diverse and cover all the major animal groups, both vertebrate and invertebrate, and plants. The final chapter provides an overview discussing the relationship between sperm competition and sexual selection in terms of both function and mechanism and how these translate into species fitness. This book will be of prime interest to behaviorists, ecologists and evolutionary biologists, suggesting new avenues of research and new ways of approaching old problems.
Advanced student and research behavioral ecologists and evolutionary biologists. Reproductive anatomists and physiologists.