Does the winner-loser effect determine male mating success?
Winning or losing a fight can have lasting effects on competitors. Controlling for inherent fighting ability and other factors, a history of winning often makes individuals more likely to win future contests, while the opposite is true for losers (the ‘winner–loser effect’). But does the winner–loser effect also influence a male's mating success? We experimentally staged contests between male mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) such that focal males either won or lost three successive encounters...[Show more]
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