Fighting performance as a predictor of mating success in male black grouse

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dc.contributor.author Hämäläinen, Anni
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-02T09:45:25Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-02T09:45:25Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:jyu-201006021983 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/24064
dc.description.abstract As a consequence of certain conflicting evolutionary interests of males and females, the sexes have taken on different reproductive roles. In many species, where females invest more in the production of offspring, males compete for the opportunities to reproduce and females attempt to choose the highest quality males to sire their offspring. Males of different species signal their quality in a variety of ways, including physical cues such as color signals or exaggerated secondary sexual characters, behavioral signals and acquisition of a dominance status through aggression towards other males. In the lekking black grouse only a few males manage to copulate and active fighting is required for a male to defend a territory which is a prerequisite for mating. Central territories and various physical signals have previously been associated with male mating success and in this study the connection of these factors to male fighting activity was studied. Fights between males were videotaped and examined in detail to determine the specific components of their fighting behavior. The number of fights engaged in, the total number of opponents fought with, fighting intensity and the winning of fights (characterized by the male turning his back to the opponent after a fight) were recorded from the tapes. These characteristics were examined in relation to the male’s mating success as well as physical measures and parasite counts obtained by capturing the males before the lekking season. Males that fought more often, more intensively and with a higher number of males won their fights more often. Each of the fighting characteristics as well as fight winning predicted mating success reliably. Physical traits, on the other hand, were connected to male age but were not found to relate to fighting behaviors nor to correlate with mating success in these data. Territory position had no direct connection to mating success, but central males spent more time fighting or engaged in a higher number of fights. The results of this study imply that active fighting and dominance combined with age-revealing physical traits reliably signal male quality and may be used by females as mate selection criteria.
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.rights Julkaisu on tekijänoikeussäännösten alainen. Teosta voi lukea ja tulostaa henkilökohtaista käyttöä varten. Käyttö kaupallisiin tarkoituksiin on kielletty. fi
dc.subject.other dominance
dc.subject.other female selection
dc.subject.other lek
dc.subject.other male-male competition
dc.title Fighting performance as a predictor of mating success in male black grouse
dc.type Book en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-201006021983
dc.subject.ysa teeri
dc.subject.ysa koiraat
dc.subject.ysa naaraat
dc.subject.ysa soidin
dc.subject.ysa reviirit
dc.subject.ysa loiset
dc.type.dcmitype Text en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu fi
dc.type.ontasot Master’s thesis en
dc.contributor.tiedekunta Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta fi
dc.contributor.tiedekunta Faculty of Mathematics and Science en
dc.contributor.laitos Bio- ja ympäristötieteiden laitos fi
dc.contributor.laitos Department of Biological and Environmental Science en
dc.contributor.yliopisto University of Jyväskylä en
dc.contributor.yliopisto Jyväskylän yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.oppiaine Ekologia ja ympäristönhoito fi

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