Animal dating types

Animal Dating Type Description Authoritative Resource
Lek A lek is a traditional meeting place, usually an open area, where males gather to display and compete for females. National Geographic: Lek Mating System in Animals
Mutual mate choice Both males and females actively choose their mates based on specific criteria, such as appearance, genetic compatibility, or social status. Science Direct: Mutual Mate Choice
Random mating Individuals mate with each other randomly, without any particular selection criteria. Random Mating
Resource-defense polygyny Males defend a resource, such as a territory or food source, and females mate with the males who control the best resources. JSTOR: Resource-Defense Polygyny
Sequential polyandry Females mate with multiple males in succession, and the offspring are fathered by different males. Springer Link: Sequential Polyandry
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