The effect of male coloration on female mate choice in closely related Lake Victoria cichlids (Haplochromis nyererei complex)

@article{Seehausen1998TheEO,
  title={The effect of male coloration on female mate choice in closely related Lake Victoria cichlids (Haplochromis nyererei complex)},
  author={O. Seehausen and Jacques J M van Alphen},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={1998},
  volume={42},
  pages={1-8}
}
Abstract We studied the effect of male coloration on interspecific female mate choice in two closely related species of haplochromine cichlids from Lake Victoria. [] Key Method We recorded the behavioral responses of females to males of both species in paired male trials under white light and under monochromatic light, under which the interspecific differences in coloration were masked. Females of both species exhibited species-assortative mate choice when colour differences were visible, but chose non…

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