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Female mating preferences for colourful males in a population of guppies subject to high predation

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Abstract:

Female guppies Poecilia reticulata descended from the Tacarigua population in Trinidad subject to high predation exhibited strong preferences for males with relatively high levels of carotenoid colouration. The study, which controlled for differences in male courtship, revealed that mate choice in this population is based on the expression of orange pigmentation, irrespective of differences in male motivation.

Keywords: Poecilia reticulata; colouration; guppy; mate choice; predator

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0022-1112.2004.00502.x

Affiliations: 1: Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale, Università di Padova, via Venezia 8, I-35131 Padova, Italy 2: Dipartimento di Biologia, Università di Padova, via U. Bassi 58/B, I-35131 Padova, Italy and

Publication date: 2004-10-01

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