Would you expect more species in monogamous or polygynous mating systems?

BIOL 4

Homework 9

1. Watch the following video on speciation:

a) Would you expect more species in monogamous or polygynous mating systems? Explain.

2. Watch the following video on mate selection:

a) What specific trait(s) are females looking for in a mate?

b) While the benefit of consuming male suitors is clear for the female, can there be any benefit to the male? Why would a system have evolved where males so frequently lose their lives in attempting to mate?

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