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Competitor size, male mating success and mate choice in eastern mosquitofish, Gambusia holbrooki

Booksmythe, Isobel; Backwell, Patricia; Jennions, Michael

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Males usually compete for mates but, by choosing a favourable social environment (e.g. avoiding stronger competitors), males might increase their reproductive success. We first tested whether the mate choice of male eastern mosquitofish depended on the size of potential competitors. In two-choice trials, focal males preferred to associate with a group of large males over a group of small males. However, when both stimulus groups also contained females, focal males associated equally often with...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/70718
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2012.11.009

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