Predation, light intensity and courtship behaviour in Poecilia reticulata (Pisces: Poeciliidae)

@article{Endler1987PredationLI,
  title={Predation, light intensity and courtship behaviour in Poecilia reticulata (Pisces: Poeciliidae)},
  author={John A. Endler},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1987},
  volume={35},
  pages={1376-1385}
}
  • J. Endler
  • Published 1 October 1987
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
Light environment and mating behavior in Trinidadian guppies (Poecilia reticulata)
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Investigation of variation in natural underwater guppy light environments in Trinidad, West Indies found that mating behavior is correlated with both the ‘quantity’ and ‘quality’ of light: light intensity and the proportion of ultraviolet light were negatively related to display rates.
Female behaviour mediates male courtship under predation risk in the guppy (Poecilia reticulata)
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Results indicate that the transition from courtship to forced mating attempts under elevated predation risk is mediated by changes in female behaviour, which it is suggested may favour the use of coercive mating under highpredation risk.
Male guppies differ in daily frequency but not diel pattern of display under daily light changes
TLDR
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Risk Sensitive Courtship in the Guppy (Poecilia Reticulata)
TLDR
Two Trinidad populations were compared and although males from the two populations used both sneaky and conventional courtship behaviours there were individual differences in the use of the reproductive tactics.
Behaviour and morphology in wild guppies from populations with high and low predation pressure in Trinidad
Behaviour and morphology can vary significantly within a species as a result of the predation pressure individuals are exposed to. Wild populations of guppies (Poecilia reticulata) exposed to high
Water turbidity–induced alterations in coloration and courtship behavior of male guppies (Poecilia reticulata)
TLDR
It is demonstrated that guppy males exhibit morphological and behavioral adjustments in response to changes in the visual environment, and turbidity-induced alteration in coloration did not match behavior change as could be predicted by favoring male attractiveness.
Predation risk and alternative mating tactics in male Trinidadian guppies (Poecilia reticulata)
  • J. Godin
  • Environmental Science
    Oecologia
  • 2004
TLDR
The results are the first to confirm risk-sensitive mating behaviour in free-ranging male guppies within a population, and demonstrate the potential importance of predators in influencing the relative use of alternative mating tactics in this species on a microgeographical scale in the wild.
CONFLICTING DEMANDS IN SAND GOBIES: PREDATORS INFLUENCE REPRODUCTIVE BEHAVIOUR
TLDR
Both sexes make trade-offs between predator avoidance and behaviours associated with mating, and Females, however, seem to take higher risks during the courtship phase in order to find a partner compared to males.
Plasticity in male courtship behaviour as a function of light intensity in guppies
TLDR
Male mating behaviour in the Trinidadian guppy Poecilia reticulata is phenotypically plastic in response to recent light environment, which may have implications for understanding how animals cope with anthropogenic environmental change.
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