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Mate ChoiceThe Evolution of Sexual Decision Making from Microbes to Humans$
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Gil G. Rosenthal

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691150673

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691150673.001.0001

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Variation II: Biotic and Abiotic Environment

Variation II: Biotic and Abiotic Environment

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(p.288) Chapter 11 Variation II: Biotic and Abiotic Environment
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Mate Choice
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Gil G. Rosenthal

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691150673.003.0011

This chapter focuses on the physical environment and on the biotic community in which choosers live: the resources choosers acquire and the challenges toward which they must allocate those resources. It considers how the environment shapes preferences. Environmental effects can be divided into those that affect the immediate context of mating decisions and those that change the chooser's phenotype in a way that affects future mating decisions. So-called context-dependent effects fall into two categories. Context-sensitive preferences are shaped by immediate circumstances: the sensory environment, predators, other choosers, and most obviously the courters themselves. When preferences are state-dependent, a chooser's past history shapes current mating decisions: for example, developmental effects of the sensory environment or social history.

Keywords:   physical environment, biotic community, context-sensitive effects, state-dependent preferences, environmental effects, mate choice

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