The British Herpetological Society

The Herpetological Journal is the Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal. Articles are listed in Biological Abstracts, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences,Current Contents, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Record.

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pdf 01. Sexual selection and body size in amphibians


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pp. 86-92

Authors: T. R. Halliday And P. A. Verrell

Abstract: Sexual behaviour in amphibians is very diverse and variable. We examine Shine's ( 1979) conclusion that large male body-size is associated with combat and suggest that such a simplistic analysis is inadequate. We review briefly the recent literature and conclude that a full understanding of the role of sexual selection in amphibians requires a greater knowledge of variability in mating behaviour, alternative mating strategies, life history patterns, particularly growth, and physiological constraints on sexual behaviour.

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