Courtship as an honest indicator of male parental quality in the bicolor damselfish stegastes partitus

@article{Knapp1991CourtshipAA,
  title={Courtship as an honest indicator of male parental quality in the bicolor damselfish stegastes partitus},
  author={Roland A. Knapp and Jack Kovach},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology},
  year={1991},
  volume={2},
  pages={295-300}
}
Previous work on the bicolor damselfish, a species with exclusive male parental care of eggs, suggested that female mate choice was based on male characteristics. The aims of this study were to determine whether females discriminate among potential mates on the basis of courtship and, if so, to determine whether courtship serves as an indicator of male parental quality. Observations made over two reproductive cycles showed that courtship rates and mating success of individual males are… 

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