Female iguanas pay high costs to choose a mate

13.10.2015 | 15:49

Picking a mate is not easy — if you are a female iguana. In a study published in the 27th June issue of the online, open-access journal PLoS ONE, Maren Vitousek of Princeton University and colleagues found that female Galapagos marine iguanas spend a lot of energy picking a mate from a wide range of suitors — energy they could otherwise spend foraging, producing eggs, or avoiding predators. Scientists have generally assumed that being choosy about potential mates carries low costs for females

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