Audience effect alters mating preferences in a livebearing fish, the Atlantic molly, Poecilia mexicana

@article{Plath2008AudienceEA,
  title={Audience effect alters mating preferences in a livebearing fish, the Atlantic molly, Poecilia mexicana},
  author={Martin Wolfgang Plath and Dennis Blum and Ingo Schlupp and Ralph Tiedemann},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2008},
  volume={75},
  pages={21-29}
}
Audience effects occur when an observing (by-standing) animal influences the behaviour of an observed individual. We examined whether audience effects influence mate choice decisions in a livebearing fish, the Atlantic molly, Poecilia mexicana. We gave males an opportunity to choose between a conspecific and a heterospecific, Poecilia formosa, female (experiment 1) or a large versus small conspecific female (experiment 2), and we determined the males' association times near the two types of… CONTINUE READING
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