Antler size and fluctuating asymmetry in red deer (Cervus elaphus) stags and probability of becoming a harem holder in rut
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The hypotheses that in red deer (Cervus elaphus) the probability of becoming a harem holder (PBHH) occurs in stags bearing larger, branched antlers and showing low fluctuating asymmetry (FA) were tested. If analyzed separately, large antler size and lowrelative but high absolute FA increased PBBH. When using in one model antler size and FA factors, PBHH and the reproductive success were mainly dependent on antler size and branching than on FA. It was concluded in contrast to antler size FA is unlikelyto play any significant role in sexual selection.
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