The role of females in influencing mating patterns

Adaptive arguments about mating patterns should focus on and evaluate the costs and benefits relating to both female and male mating patterns. To date, most work on mating systems (using prevalent terminology) has concentrated on males, with mating systems categorized as to whether males mate with females once or multiply, sequentially or simulataneously (EMlen and Oring, 1977; Wasser, 1983). Here we report some selected aspects with the aim of stimulating new consideration of and investigation into the female’s influence on mating patterns. This commentary is not intended to provide a comprehensive summary of mating patterns or mating systems (see Davies, 1991; Emlen and Oring, 1977; Wittenburger and Tilson, 1980, for such reviews)

Ahnesjö, I., A. Vincent, A.C.J., Alatalo, R., Halliday, T. & W.J. Sutherland (1993). The role of females in influencing mating patterns. Behavioral Ecology4(2), 187-189.