Mutual mate choice in sticklebacks: attractive males choose big females, which lay big eggs

  title={Mutual mate choice in sticklebacks: attractive males choose big females, which lay big eggs},
  author={S. Kraak and Theo C. M. Bakker},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  • S. Kraak, Theo C. M. Bakker
  • Published 1998
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Brighter red three-spined stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus, males have been shown to be preferred by females in the laboratory but in the field, these males did not receive more eggs. Instead, they had heavier eggs in their brood. We investigated the hypothesis that sexual selection for red coloration in male sticklebacks acts through mate choice by preferred males, who can afford to be choosy, for high-quality females which lay heavier eggs. We assume here that heavier eggs provide a direct… CONTINUE READING
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