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Site-specific asymmetries in male copulatory success in a fallow deer lek

Apollonio, Marco and Festa-Bianchet, Marco and Mari, Franco and Riva, M. (1990) Site-specific asymmetries in male copulatory success in a fallow deer lek. Animal Behaviour, Vol. 39 (2), p. 205-212. ISSN 0003-3472. Article.

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DOI: 10.1016/S0003-3472(05)80864-4


In a fallow deer, Cervus dama, lek in central Italy, most copulations occurred in a few male territories on one side of the lek. Individual territories were fixed in space between years, and most maintained their relative rank in terms of numbers of copulations in successive years. High-ranked territories were peripheral, near paths used by females to enter the lek area. Successful territories were defended more often than territories where few or no copulations were seen, but their defence did not involve a greater frequency of fighting. The turnover of males on territories was unrelated to the number of copulations seen there. Females apper to choose mates partly on the basis of location, and thus males should compete for ownership of territories preferred by females.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:386
Uncontrolled Keywords:Fallow deer (Cervus dama), lek, ownership of territories
Subjects:Area 05 - Scienze biologiche > BIO/05 Zoologia
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Zoologia e genetica evoluzionistica
Additional Information:Pubblicato online il 25 aprile 2006.
Deposited On:18 Aug 2009 10:02

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