Sexual Selection And Sensory Theories

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Sexual selection relies one one’s ability to find and attract a mate. This task is accomplished by using a number of sensory systems. Males and females produce signals such as pheromones, mating calls, or nuptial colors. Once produced, a mate reacts to the signal using other sensory signals such as olfaction, hearing, or vision. The success of mating relies directly on each organism’s ability to send and receive these signals. The sexual selection theory predicts a tight coupling between the evolution of sexual displays and the sensory capabilities of the receiver (kirk). Additionally, mating signals are crucial not only in potential mates, but also against competitors. It is critical for males and females to be able to detect the presence

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