Sex allocation, sex ratios and reproduction

Hardy, Ian C.W. and Boulton, Rebecca A. (2018) Sex allocation, sex ratios and reproduction. In: Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior. Elsevier, Oxford. (In Press)

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Abstract

Sex allocation theory provides a powerful framework for understanding a range of reproductive behavior, including the numerical sex ratio of the progeny that parents produce. Starting with evolutionary explanations for why many species have unbiased sex ratios, sex ratio theory has developed to account for the major exceptions and is now extremely detailed and sophisticated, due to an excellent interchange between model development and empirical testing. While sex ratios are a fascinating aspect of behavior in their own right, their study has also improved the general understanding of evolutionary processes and the potential to tackle important medical and ecological problems.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Environmental quality; Group structure; Local mate competition; Local resource competition; Local resource enhancement; Parental investment; Sex allocation; Sex determination; Sex
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Biosciences
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 09:01
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 09:04
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/49797

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