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The effect of male competition on female choice in the Brandt’s vole (Lasiopodomys brandti) was studied in the laboratory. Using a two-way choice test, we showed that when males did not compete, estrous females preferred and mated with the dominant males, but non-estrous females preferred subordinate males. However, when males competed, all dominant males gained the priority to mate, and the amicable behaviour between males, regardless of their dominant status, and between non-estrous females increased, compared with the behaviour between males and the estrous females. These results showed that interactions among Brandt’s voles were not only influenced by male competition but also by reproductive status of female voles.
Zhang, Jianjun; Shi, Dazhao; and Sun, Lixing, "The effect of male competition on female choice in Brandt’s vole, Lasiopodomys brandti" (2006). All Faculty Scholarship for the College of the Sciences. 237.
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This article was originally published in Folia Zoologica. This journal is continued by the Journal of Vertebrate Biology.