Sexual conflict as a partitioning of selection

David F. Westneat, Andrew Sih

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Sexual conflict appears to be a powerful force in evolution. We suggest that selection theory can readily be adapted for cases of sexual conflict and illustrate how it can provide a new perspective on what traits cause conflict and might respond to its presence. Use of selection theory resolves some terminological confusion, provides operational measures of conflict and generates a conceptual tool for parsing the causes and consequences of conflict in complex systems of male-female interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)675-677
Number of pages3
JournalBiology Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 23 2009


  • Interlocus
  • Intralocus
  • Sexual selection
  • Social selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (all)


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