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I would like to expand a little on Remi.b's answer and point out that there are two key forms of sexual conflict. Sexual conflict arises when the sexes have different routes by which they maximise fitness. In the case of the ducks (and many other species) the males increase fitness by mating as much as possible, whereas females may optimise fitness by ...


Sexual Conflict is the word you are looking for! Sexual Conflict occurs whenever the optimal mating strategy for the female and the male differ. For example, in Drosophila, it is beneficial for a male to mate as much as possible, while it is beneficial for a female to mate only a few times.

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