Familiarity leads to female mate preference for novel males in the guppy, Poecilia reticulata

@article{Hughes1999FamiliarityLT,
  title={Familiarity leads to female mate preference for novel males in the guppy, Poecilia reticulata},
  author={Kimberly A Hughes and DU Linh and F. Helen Rodd and David N Reznick},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1999},
  volume={58},
  pages={907-916}
}
Guppies are a model vertebrate for studies of sexual selection and life history evolution. None the less, there have been few investigations of the factors responsible for maintaining extreme within-population genetic variation in male coloration. In a laboratory study, we tested the hypothesis that frequency-dependent mate choice contributes to the maintenance of this variation. We attempted to avoid biases inherent in earlier studies of the 'rare male effect' by familiarizing females to males… CONTINUE READING

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