- Male elk (Cervus canadensis) grow antlers, while female elk do not have antlers.
- Male elephant seals (Mirounga sp.) develop an elongated snout and fleshy nose that they inflate as a sign of aggression when competing with other males during the mating season.
- Male birds of paradise (Family Paradisaeidae) are noted for their elaborate plumage and complex mating dances. Females are far less ornate.
In most cases when size differences exist between the male and female of a species, it is the male that is the larger of the two sexes. But in a few species, such as birds of prey and owls, it is the female is the larger of the sexes and such a size difference is referred to as reverse sexual dimorphism. One rather extreme case of reverse sexual dimorphism exists in a species of deepwater anglerfish called the triplewart seadevils (Cryptopsaras couesii). The female triplewart seadevil grows much larger than the male and develops the characteristic illicium that serves as a lure to prey. The male, about one tenth the size of the female, attaches itself to the female as a parasite.
- Folkens P. 2002. National Audubon Society Guide to Marine Mammals of the World. New York: Alfred A. Knopff.
- Sexual Dimorphism (Wikipedia)