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Behavioural temperature preference in a brooding male pipefish Syngnathus typhle

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In the broad-nosed pipefish Syngnathus typhle, brooding males positioned themselves significantly more often towards the warmer part (18° C) of an aquarium, whereas females were indifferent in this respect. This behavioural temperature preference may increase male brooding rate and indirectly influence patterns of mating competition.

Keywords: Syngnathidae; Syngnathus typhle; behavioural thermoregulation; mating competition; potential reproductive rate; sex-role reversal

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2008-09-01

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