Mate choice in lizards: a review

R. R. Tokarz

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There is a good empirical evidence for at least one territorial species that the availability of resources is a more important factor than male phenotypic traits in determining where females reside, and thus their mating partners. Although male body size is known to be a key factor determining male mating success in lizards, only one study of female mate choice has found a significant relationship between female mating preferences and male body size. The best evidence for the importance of male phenotypic traits in female mate choice comes from studies of Anolis lizards. Findings from studies of female mate choice in lazards support Halliday's causal model of female mate choice and Ryan's sensory exploitation hypothesis. Finally, a male mating preference for unfamiliar females has been reported in two highly territorial species. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-40
Number of pages24
JournalHerpetological Monographs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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