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Female Maylandia zebra prefer victorious males

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Females of a widespread species of the rock-dwelling haplochromine cichlids of Lake Malawi, Maylandia zebra, show preference for males that successfully evict intruding males from their territory. This behaviour, experimentally induced by the investigators in a laboratory setting, was also preferred over males that were not permitted to interact with any other individual.

Keywords: behaviour; haplochromine cichlids; male–male competition; mbuna; sexual selection

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2010.02884.x

Affiliations: Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, Rutgers University, 14 College Farm Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, U.S.A.

Publication date: February 1, 2011

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