n African Journal of Herpetology - Reptilian sperm wars
Sperm competition and sexual selection, T.R. Birkhead & A.P. Moller (Eds.) : book review

Volume 49, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2156-4574
  • E-ISSN: 2153-3660
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The field of sperm competition is now in its 30th year and is therefore a relative neophyte compared with other branches of biology. However, few biological disciplines have had such an immediate impact. The gist of sperm competition is that sperm from multiple males compete to fertilize a single female's ova. Sexual selection therefore involves not just competition for mates, but also postcopulatory competition among gametes.

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