Differences in potential reproductive rates of male and female seahorses related to courtship roles

  title={Differences in potential reproductive rates of male and female seahorses related to courtship roles},
  author={Heather D Masonjones and Sara M. Lewis},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
Dwarf seahorses, Hippocampus zosterae (Syngnathidae), are distinguished by extreme morphological specialization for paternal care, the formation of monogamous pair bonds and mating repeatedly over the course of a breeding season. To determine the potential reproductive rates of male and female dwarf seahorses, we measured (1) the maximum number of offspring produced per breeding cycle when sexually receptive mates were unlimited, and (2) the relative time each sex was unavailable for mating… 

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