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Species Recognition and Sexual Selection as a Unitary Problem in Animal Communication

Michael J. Ryan and A. Stanley Rand
Evolution
Vol. 47, No. 2 (Apr., 1993), pp. 647-657
DOI: 10.2307/2410076
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2410076
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Abstract

We investigated patterns of mating call preference and mating call recognition by examining phonotaxis of female tungara frogs, Physalaemus pustulosus, in response to conspecific and heterospecific calls. There are four results: females always prefer conspecific calls; most heterospecific calls do not elicit phonotaxis; some heterospecific calls do elicit phonotaxis and thus are effective mate recognition signals; and females prefer conspecific calls to which a component of a heterospecific call has been added to a normal conspecific call. We use these data to illustrate how concepts of species recognition and sexual selection can be understood in a unitary framework by comparing the distribution of signal traits to female preference functions.

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