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Costs influence male mate choice in a freshwater fish

Wong, Bob; Jennions, Michael


It is well known that female mate choice decisions depend on the direct costs of choosing (either because of search costs or male-imposed costs). Far less is known about how direct fitness costs affect male mate choice. We conducted an experiment to investigate male mate choice in a fish, the Pacific blue-eye (Pseudomugil signifer). Preferred females were larger, probably because larger females are also more fecund. Males, however, were consistent in their choice of female only when the costs...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences


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