Biodiv Sci ›› 2023, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (6): 22534.  DOI: 10.17520/biods.2022534

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Effects of mate behavioral compatibility on animal reproduction

Yuansi He1,2, Yixuan Zhang1,2, Daiping Wang1,2,*()   

  1. 1. Key Laboratory of Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101
    2. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049
  • Received:2022-09-18 Accepted:2023-01-05 Online:2023-06-20 Published:2023-04-25
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Background & Aim: Mate compatibility is often used to explain why animals have different mate selection tendencies and reproductive success. It is related to the interaction of genes, traits and other aspects between the two sexes. Mate compatibility includes genetic, morphological, and behavioral compatibility, directly or indirectly affecting the reproduction of animals. In recent years, behavioral compatibility is receiving extensive attention since it is related to the maintenance and evolution of personality and the ability of species to adapt to environmental changes. However, further studies are needed on this topic in China.

Progress: Based on the representative studies over the years, we briefly review the research history and definition of mate compatibility and its impact on reproductive success. Specifically, we expound the research progress of behavioral compatibility and its development potential in evolution and conservation, so to reflect its great significance for the study of why some species become endangered and the recovery and maintenance of animal population. This could help to promote the protection of the entire ecosystem and biodiversity in the region through the protection of flagship species and umbrella species. Also, we put forward the prospect of the future research direction and improvement of techniques.

Conclusion: More attention should be paid to behavioral compatibility. The development of these fields will rely on innovations in research methods and tools, multidisciplinary integration, and rigorous experimental design.

Key words: behavioral compatibility, reproductive success, animal personality, mate choice, mate compatibility