Sexual selection and the evolution of song.

William Searcy, M. Andersson

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Although acoustically very different, the songs of birds, frogs and insects have many functional similarities, affecting both female choice of mate and male contests. Probable functions of female response to song in certain species are reproductive isolation, enhancement of material benefits or fertility, and improvement of offspring fitness. Ensuring species identity is a likely function of male response to song; estimation of aggressive intentions or resource holding power are other possibilities. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual review of ecology and systematics. Vol. 17
EditorsR.F. Johnston
PublisherAnnual Reviews Inc.
Number of pages27
StatePublished - Dec 1 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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