• Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution, CNRS, Montpellier, France
  • Adaptation, Behavior & Social Evolution, Genotype-Phenotype, Hybridization / Introgression, Non Genetic Inheritance, Population Genetics / Genomics, Sexual Selection, Speciation
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High Rates of Species Accumulation in Animals with Bioluminescent Courtship Displays
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Bioluminescent sexually selected traits as an engine for biodiversity across animal species

In evolutionary biology, sexual selection is hypothesized to increase speciation rates in animals, as theory predicts that sexual selection will contribute to phenotypic diversification and affect rates of species accumulation at macro-evolutionary time scales. However, testing this hypothesis and gathering convincing evidence have proven difficult. Although some studies have shown a strong correlation between proxies of sexual selection and species diversity (mostly in birds), this relationship...


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