Evol Ecol Res 10: 213-228 (2008) Full PDF if your library subscribes.
Sexual selection on locomotor performance
Jerry F. Husak1* and Stanley F. Fox2
1Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2119 Derring Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061 and 2Department of Zoology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078, USA
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Questions: Does sexual selection operate on locomotor performance? Which taxa are likely to have locomotor performance influenced by sexual selection?
Methods: We reviewed recent literature.
Conclusions: Theory and empirical evidence support the hypothesis that sexual selection operates on locomotor performance, but tests of alternative hypotheses are rare. We provide a general framework for developing testable hypotheses. Many animal taxa show potential for sexual selection as a strong force acting on locomotor performance. These include species with male aerial display or territory defence, such as numerous bird species, gliding lizards, and flying insects, but also terrestrial ones, among which lizards have been studied the most. Locomotor performance may be an important component of female choice via its direct or indirect benefits to females.
Keywords: endurance, locomotion, performance, sexual selection, sprint speed.
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