Deceptive female oviposition behaviour elicits male ejaculation in the European bitterling

$48.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Download / Buy Article:


In European bitterling Rhodeus amarus, fish that lay their eggs in the gill chambers of living freshwater mussels, females perform conspicuous behaviours associated with spawning that increases the probability of males performing ejaculatory behaviour and participating in a spawning. A significant positive association was detected between behaviour in which a female performs a spawning action but without releasing eggs, here termed ‘deceptive female oviposition’, and ejaculatory behaviour by courting males.

Keywords: mating tactics; pre-oviposition ejaculation; signal evolution; sneaking sperm competition

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan 430072, China

Publication date: December 1, 2007

Related content



Share Content

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more