Parasites and the evolution of host sexual behaviour

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Pays particular attention to adaptive modifications by the host of its own sexual behaviour in the face of parasite-imposed selection, with major sections on: parasite manipulation of host reproductive effort; mate choice; mating systems; and group living and sociality. Host mate choice may be adaptively modified so that individuals infected with contact-transmitted parasites are avoided, and choice of healthy mates for good phenotypes (parental care) and good genes could also occur. Discussion includes sexual section using visual clues, eg the Hamilton-Zuk hypothesis concerning colour brightness and parasite load, which is examined in detail. -P.J.Jarvis

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-157
Number of pages41
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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