10.1 Chapter Objectives

Learning Objectives

By the end of your reading and our in-class discussion, you will be able to:


  1. Define the following terms:
    • intrasexual selection
    • intersexual selection
    • anisomagy
    • parental care
    • secondary sexual traits
    • sexual dimorphism
    • cryptic female choice
    • sperm competition
    • satellite behavior
    • sexual mimicry
    • traumatic insemination
  2. Understand the differences between natural selection and sexual selection.
  3. Identify the two forms of sexual selection and the types of traits that result from each process.
  4. Explain why males and females have different reproductive strategies and how this can lead to sexual conflict
  5. Describe the different behaviors that males and females engage in before, during, and after sex that are subject to sexual selection



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