mating strategy

mating strategy

(strat′ĕ-jē) [Gr. stratēgia, generalship]
Any of various techniques used by organisms to increase the likelihood that they produce offspring. Common mating strategies used by animals include having brightly colored hair or feathers; making elaborate, ritualized movements to attract members of the opposite sex; defeating rivals in battle; guarding and protecting lifelong territories and mates; and entering the territories of others during mating season.
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In other words, by the time a buck is 2 1/2 years old, his mating strategy is similar to the more mature bucks.
Effect of prey biomass on reproductive success and mating strategy of Bicknell's Thrush (Catharus bicknelli), a polygynandrous songbird.
DOLPHINS: BORN IN THE WILD Channel 4, 8pm Joy Reidenberg heads to New Zealand to uncover the mating strategy of dusky dolphins, and shows how marine mammals such as the harbour porpoise have evolved to reproduce in the ocean.
Joy travels to New Zealand to uncover the dusky dolphins' mating strategy, while Mark travels to Mexico to find out why whales swim so far to mate.
As part of their cow mating strategy, the Joneses use sexed semen.
2010), cooperative breeding is an alternative mating strategy for golden-cheeked warblers.
Bernard also shows interest in long-term commitment, a mating strategy definitively discouraged by his culture but activated in him, presumably, by his poor success rate with short-term tactics.
In CD, like CY and CL, the same mating strategy has been in place since 2004, and the corresponding inbreeding was also observed to decrease (Figure 5).
In the study, the researchers carried out four separate projects involving more than 1,500 people, looking at playing hard to get as a mating strategy to see how and why it works.
The causal relationship between parental investment and mating strategy is supported by cases of "sex role reversal"; for example, when males provide more parental care, females compete for mates and males choose (Gwynne, 1991).
Male size, mating success, and mating strategy in the mosquitofish Gambusia affinis (Poeciliidae).
Pruetz says that the male chimps may use food transfer as a future mating strategy with the adolescent females, particularly since there are a relatively small number of females in the Fongoli community.