Female preference and filial cannibalism in Aidablennius sphynx (Teleostei, Blenniidae); a combined field and laboratory study

@article{Kraak1996FemalePA,
  title={Female preference and filial cannibalism in Aidablennius sphynx (Teleostei, Blenniidae); a combined field and laboratory study},
  author={S. Kraak},
  journal={Behavioural Processes},
  year={1996},
  volume={36},
  pages={85-97}
}
  • S. Kraak
  • Published 1996
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Behavioural Processes
In the fish Aidablennius sphynx, in which males continuously care for up to 7000 eggs throughout the breeding season, females prefer to mate with males that already guard eggs. The present study shows that this preference appears to be adaptive because the probability of eggs being cannibalized decreased with brood size. In the field, on average 36 eggs disappeared from nests per day, where the main egg predator seemed to be the guarding male. Experiments showed that males selectively consumed… Expand
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