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Does the winner-loser effect determine male mating success?

Harrison, Lauren; Jennions, Michael; Head, Megan

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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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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/160522
Source: Biology Letters
DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2018.0195

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