Sexual dichromatism and female preference in Eulemur fulvus subspecies

Cooper, V. J. and Hosey, Geoff (2003) Sexual dichromatism and female preference in Eulemur fulvus subspecies. International Journal of Primatology, 24. pp. 1177-1188. ISSN 0164-0291

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We experimentally tested the hypothesis that sexual dichromatism in the subspecies of Eulemur fulvus is the evolutionary result of female preference for brightly colored males. Ten female lemurs representing 6 different subspecies of Eulemur fulvus were subjects in the experiment; controls were 4 females of non-sexually dichromatic lemurid taxa. For each taxon we presented photographs of the face of a male of that taxon whose colors had been digitally altered to make him less and more colourful. Median viewing times of the pooled female Eulemur fulvus are significantly correlated with colorfulness. Viewing times in the control females are not correlated with color or brightness of the stimulus photographs. We concluded that the females of the Eulemur fulvus sspp. preferred to view photographs of more colorful males, which is consistent with the predictions of sexual selection theory.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: eulemur fulvus, female preference, lemurs, mate choice, sexual dichromatism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:53
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2020 15:12
Identification Number: 10.1023/

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