Female mating preferences for outbred versus inbred males are conditional upon the female's own inbreeding status

Natalie Pilakouta* (Corresponding Author), Per T. Smiseth

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Inbred males are often lower-quality mates, so females may avoid mating with them.

We studied female preferences for outbred versus inbred males in a burying beetle.

Inbred females preferred outbred males, but outbred females showed no preference.

Inbred males have lower mating success only when interacting with inbred females.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-374
Number of pages6
JournalAnimal Behaviour
Early online date18 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017



  • burying beetle
  • direct benefits
  • inbreeding
  • mate choice
  • mating success
  • Nicrophorus vespilloides
  • sexual selection

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