Success breeds success in mating male reed frogs, Hyperolius marmoratus

Dyson, Miranda L.; Henzi, S. Peter; Halliday, Timothy R. and Barrett, Louise (1998). Success breeds success in mating male reed frogs, Hyperolius marmoratus. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 265(1404) pp. 1417–1421.



Studies of the distribution of mating success among males in frog choruses typically seek to identify specific phenotypic attributes that confer a higher mating success on certain individual males. These attributes invariably relate to competition among males: either direct competition in the form of aggression, or competition to attract and be chosen by females. In this paper, we present evidence that an additional factor may operate in frog choruses. We show that individual males who mate on a given night enjoy a higher probability of being successful on the next night, and we suggest that this is because successful mating enables males to conserve energy.

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