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Alpha, Beta, and Gamma Mating Strategies in Nature

Marine isopods come in three dramatically different size morphs:

-a large alpha male with elaborate horns coming out the rear end

-a medium-sized beta male which is about the same size as a female

-and tiny gamma males that are much smaller than females or males.

What do these male types correspond to in terms of behavioral strategies? LINK

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