The discrimination of alternative male morphologies

J.S. Kotiaho, Joseph Tomkins

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    Male dimorphisms represent alternative selective regimes within a sex. As such, they can be used as a powerful tool in testing evolutionary theory. However, to realize this potential, we need to be able to accurately discriminate individuals into two separate morphs. In this article we discuss the existing methods and propose a new one. We test our method with data from three dimorphic species and compare these results to results with existing methods. We conclude that existing methods often misclassify a large proportion of individuals, but applying our method notably reduces these errors.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)553-557
    JournalBehavioral Ecology
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2001


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