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Data from: Female resistance to sexual coercion can evolve to preserve the indirect benefits of mate choice

Citation

Snow, Samuel s.; Alonzo, Suzanne H.; Servedio, Maria R.; Prum, Richard O. (2020), Data from: Female resistance to sexual coercion can evolve to preserve the indirect benefits of mate choice, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.835dg31

Abstract

Sexual conflict over the indirect benefits of mate choice may arise when traits in one sex limit the ability of the other sex to freely choose mates but when these coercive traits are not necessarily directly harmful (i.e. forced fertilization per se). While we might hypothesize that females can evolve resistance in order to retain the indirect, genetic benefits (reflected in offspring attractiveness) of mating with attractive males, up to now it has been difficult to evaluate potential underlying mechanisms. Traditional theoretical approaches do not usually conceptually distinguish between female preference for male mating display and female resistance to forced fertilization, yet sexual conflict over indirect benefits implies the simultaneous action of all of these traits. Here we present an integrative theoretical framework that draws together concepts from both sexual selection and sexual conflict traditions, allowing for the simultaneous coevolution of displays and preferences, and of coercion and resistance. We demonstrate that it is possible for resistance to coercion to evolve in the absence of direct costs of mating to preserve the indirect benefits of mate choice. We find that resistance traits that improve the efficacy of female mating preference can evolve as long as females are able to attain some indirect benefits of mating with attractive males, even when both attractive and unattractive males can coerce. These results reveal new evolutionary outcomes that were not predicted by prior theories of indirect benefits or sexual conflict.

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Funding

National Science Foundation, Award: DGE-1122492; IOS-0950472; DEB-1255777