Data from: Enhanced male coloration after immune challenge increases reproductive potential

Alberto Velando, Rene Beamonte-Barrientos & Roxana Torres
In many animal species, females select a mate on the basis of the expression of secondary sexual traits. A prevalent theory suggests that male ornaments are reliable indicators of immunocompetence, because the cost of immune function prevents cheating. However, sexual signalling is a component of males’ reproductive effort, and an immune challenge may also alter the organism’s perceived future prospects and hence their signalling effort. In this study, to investigate the consequences of mounting an...
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