Dewsbury, Donald A. Department of Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
- Mating systems
- Territoriality and dominance
- Preliminary Events
- Mate choice
- Patterns of mating behavior
- Mechanisms underlying mating behavior
- Development of copulatory behavior
- Sequelae to Mating
- Immediate consequences
- Sperm transport
- Sperm competition
- Parturition and Parental Behavior
- Patterns of parental behavior
- Mechanisms of parental behavior
- Parental investment
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
Behavior related to the production of offspring; it includes such patterns as the establishment of mating systems, courtship, sexual behavior, parturition, and the care of young. Successful reproductive efforts require the establishment of a situation favorable for reproduction, often require behavior leading to the union of male and female gametes, and often require behavior that facilitates or ensures the survival and development of the young; the mere union of gametes is not generally sufficient for successful reproduction. For each species, there is a complex set of behavioral adaptations that coordinate the timing and patterning of reproductive activity. Typically, this entails integration of both overt behavioral and internal physiological events in both the male and female, all of which are intricately enmeshed in manners adapted to the environment in which the animals live. The behavioral patterns related to reproduction tend to be relatively stereotyped within a species, but diverse among different species—especially distantly related species. The end products of cycles of reproductive activity are viable, fertile offspring which, in turn, will reproduce and thus perpetuate the species.
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