Mating systems

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Abstract

Mating systems describe the circumstances in which sexual reproduction occurs within species. The study of mating systems has focused on classification; in plants based on floral morphologies that prevent or encourage selfing, and in animals based on mate numbers, usually obtained by males. A unified approach to mating system analysis emphasizes the measurement of evolutionary forces responsible for shaping reproductive phenology and breeding phenotypes. This empirical approach merges the study of plant and animal mating systems, and accommodates studies of fungal and protist mating systems, by focusing research questions on measurable evolutionary processes rather than on presumed evolutionary outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Ecology
PublisherElsevier
Pages274-283
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780444641304
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Fitness variance
  • Genetic correlations
  • Imates
  • Mate choice
  • Mate numbers
  • Opportunity for selection
  • Sex differences
  • Sex ratio
  • Sexual dimorphism
  • Sexual selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)

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    Shuster, S. M. (2018). Mating systems. In Encyclopedia of Ecology (pp. 274-283). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.11157-1