Social monogamy in the cleaning goby Elacatinus evelynae: ecological constraints or net benefit?

@article{Whiteman2003SocialMI,
  title={Social monogamy in the cleaning goby Elacatinus evelynae: ecological constraints or net benefit?},
  author={E. A. Whiteman and I. C{\^o}t{\'e}},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2003},
  volume={66},
  pages={281-291}
}
  • E. A. Whiteman, I. Côté
  • Published 2003
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • We tested predictions from four hypotheses to explain the occurrence of long-term socially monogamous pairs in the Caribbean cleaning goby Elacatinus (=Gobiosoma) evelynae, namely (1) resource limitation, (2) low population and/or low mate density, (3) territorial defence and (4) net benefit of single-mate sequestration. We found no evidence that resources, in terms of available cleaning stations or clients to clean, were limited (1) or that after experimental goby removals, single individuals… CONTINUE READING
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