Data from: Mate preference for a phenotypically plastic trait is learned, and may facilitate preference-phenotype matching

Erica L. Westerman, Napon Chirathivat, Elizabeth Schyling & Antónia Monteiro
Fixed, genetically determined, mate preferences for species whose adult phenotype varies with rearing environment may be maladaptive, as the phenotype that is most fit in the parental environment may be absent in the offspring environment. Mate preference in species with polyphenisms (environmentally dependent alternative phenotypes) should therefore either not focus on polyphenic traits, be polyphenic themselves, or learned each generation. Here we test these alternative hypotheses by first describing a female-limited seasonal polyphenism in a...
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