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Sex allocation, sex ratios and reproduction

Hardy, Ian C.W.; Boulton, Rebecca A.

Authors

IAN HARDY IAN.HARDY@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Associate Professor & Reader in Animalpopulation Biology

Rebecca A. Boulton



Contributors

J. Choe
Editor

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.

Publication Date Jan 25, 2019
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 464-471
Edition 2nd edition
Book Title Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior
ISBN 9780128132517
APA6 Citation Hardy, I. C., & Boulton, R. A. (2019). Sex allocation, sex ratios and reproduction. In J. Choe (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, 464-471. (2nd edition). Elsevier
Keywords Environmental quality; Group structure; Local mate competition; Local resource competition; Local resource enhancement; Parental investment; Sex allocation; Sex determination; Sex
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