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Male traits influence odour‐based mate choice in the three‐spined stickleback

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Female three‐spined sticklebacks Gasterosteus aculeatus preferred odour stemming from males with a nest over ‘neutral’ water and odour from males without any nest in an experimental flow channel. Males without any nest were preferred over females when either having the same major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class lI genotype or being unattractive in respect to MHC class II alleles.
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Keywords: male traits; odour‐based female choice; three‐spined sticklebacks

Document Type: Regular Paper

Affiliations: Max-Planck-Institute of Limnology, Department of Evolutionary Ecology, August-Thienemann-Strasse 2, D-24 306 Ploen, Germany

Publication date: 2004-03-01

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