Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Lek

Area regularly used for courtship displays and copulation in polygynous species during the mating season. Leks are divided into small male territories that have no vital resources, but the females visit these sites to find mates. The term lek generally relates to birds, although some mammals, such as bats and kob, are said to use leks. This term has not been applied to primate mating systems, but is often encountered in the sociobiology literature.

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