Dewsbury, Donald A. Department of Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
Show previous versions
- Mating systems
- Territoriality and dominance
- Preliminary events
- Mate choice
- Parental behavior and care
- Parental investment
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
Behavior related to the production of offspring, including such patterns as the establishment of mating systems, courtship, sexual behavior, parturition, and the care of young. Reproductive behavior encompasses all of the behavior patterns in different types of animals by means of which the sperm is brought to the egg and the parental care of the resulting young is ensured. In general, 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 (Fig. 1). 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 that, in turn, will reproduce and thus perpetuate the species. See also: Adaptation (biology); Animal reproduction; Behavioral ecology; Ethology; Reproductive system
The content above is only an excerpt.
for your institution. Subscribe
To learn more about subscribing to AccessScience, or to request a no-risk trial of this award-winning scientific reference for your institution, fill in your information and a member of our Sales Team will contact you as soon as possible.
to your librarian. Recommend
Let your librarian know about the award-winning gateway to the most trustworthy and accurate scientific information.
AccessScience provides the most accurate and trustworthy scientific information available.
Recognized as an award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, AccessScience is an amazing online resource that contains high-quality reference material written specifically for students. Its dedicated editorial team is led by Sagan Award winner John Rennie. Contributors include more than 9000 highly qualified scientists and 42 Nobel Prize winners.
MORE THAN 8500 articles and Research Reviews covering all major scientific disciplines and encompassing the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology
115,000-PLUS definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
3000 biographies of notable scientific figures
MORE THAN 17,000 downloadable images and animations illustrating key topics
ENGAGING VIDEOS highlighting the life and work of award-winning scientists
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY and additional readings to guide students to deeper understanding and research
LINKS TO CITABLE LITERATURE help students expand their knowledge using primary sources of information