Computer animation as a tool to study preferences in the cichlid Pelvicachromis taeniatus

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Four choice experiments were conducted with both sexes of the cichlid Pelvicachromis taeniatus using computer-manipulated stimuli of digital images differing in movement, body shape or colouration. The results show that computer animations can be useful and flexible tools in studying preferences of a cichlid with complex and variable preferences for different visual cues.

Keywords: female mate choice; method; nuptial colouration; sexual selection; species recognition

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Institute for Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, University of Bonn an der Immenburg 1, D-53121 Bonn, Germany

Publication date: August 1, 2009

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