02 April 2012

Picky females promote biodiversity

A new study in Nature by IIASA and University of British Columbia researchers is the first to demonstrate that selective mating alone enables the long-term coexistence of species, given that the choosy mating behavior of females bears a cost and resources are not distributed evenly over space.

Colorful fish © UBC

Colorful fish

This finding challenges the long-held belief that ecological differentiation is a prerequisite for maintaining biodiversity. More

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