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Data from: A general description of additive and non-additive elements of sperm competitiveness and their relation to male fertilization success

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Engqvist, Leif (2012), Data from: A general description of additive and non-additive elements of sperm competitiveness and their relation to male fertilization success, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.g7q12

Abstract

A complete understanding of male reproductive success, and thus sexual selection, often requires an insight into male success in sperm competition. Genuine conclusions on male sperm competitiveness can only be made in real competitive situations. However, statistical analyses of sperm competitiveness from fertilization success data have been shown to be problematic. Here, I first outline a comprehensive general description of the different additive and non-additive elements relevant for the outcome of sperm competition staged between two males. Based on this description, I will highlight two main problems that are frequently encountered in experiments aiming at estimating sperm competitiveness. First, I focus on potential problems when using standardized competitors vs. random mating trials, because trials with standardized competitors do not allow generalization if male-male interactions are important. Second, I illustrate the necessity to analyse data on the logit scale rather than on raw proportions, because only the logit scale allows a clean separation of additive and non-additive effects (i.e. male×male- and female×male interactions).

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