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Quite a few animals (usually males) participate in various mating rituals to showcase their fertility as mates. While presumably, the successful ones get a chance to mate with females, it occurred to me that I don't actually know what happens to the ones that fail. I would assume that not all the ones that fail don't mate, as that would result in roughly 50% of the male population being frustrated sexually. But I can't figure out an alternative, do they get another chance to fight other losers? Do they just mate anyway at a lower rate?

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  • $\begingroup$ I think it follows a bell curve with the most successful individuals having more than average and the less having less, and some having none. $\endgroup$ – com.prehensible Apr 17 at 1:00

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