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Male mating success in relation to food availability in the common goby

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In a feeding experiment with the common goby Pomatoschistus microps, there was no female preference for well-fed males, although these males had a higher mating success. This suggests that care should be taken about drawing conclusions regarding mate choice and mating success based on mate preference tests alone.

Keywords: Pomato-schistus microps; condition; female mate choice; male–male competition; nest occupation; sexual selection

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Zoology, Stockholm University, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden and 2: Department of Marine Ecology, Göteborg University, Kristineberg Marine Research Station, SE-450 34 Fiskebäckskil, Sweden

Publication date: 2003-05-01

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