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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7551/978-0-262-33027-5-ch062
Pages 333–340
First published 20 July 2015

Following Strategies Reduces Accidents, but Makes Outcomes Worse: Evidence from Simulated Treefrog Mating Scenarios

Giordano B. S. Ferreira and Matthias Scheutz

Abstract

Accidental matings happen in real environments where females end up with males they did not choose. In this paper, we investigate the frequency and changes in mated male fitness in accidental matings specifically in the context of the female choice of the gray treefrogs hyla versicolor based on the best-of-n and minthresh strategy, which are both hypothesized to be widely used in nature. Theoretical considerations as well as results from agent-based model simulations show how and why accidents occur and how the two strategies lead to different accident rates and reduced fitness values of the mated males.