The role of sexual selection in the loss of sexually selected traits in the swordtail fish <ce:italic>Xiphophorus continens</ce:italic>

@article{Morris2005TheRO,
  title={The role of sexual selection in the loss of sexually selected traits in the swordtail fish <ce:italic>Xiphophorus continens</ce:italic>},
  author={Molly R. Morris and Jason A. Moretz and Kristen Farley and Paul F. Nicoletto},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2005},
  volume={69},
  pages={1415-1424}
}
Swordtail fish have been studied extensively in relation to several exaggerated male traits that have evolved due to sexual selection. However, one species of swordtail fish, Xiphophorus continens, lacks all of these traits. Males in this species are relatively small, lack swords and do not possess any of the pigment patterns found throughout the swordtails and platyfish. In this study we compared the mating behaviour of X. continens to the mating behaviours of other swordtail fish to determine… CONTINUE READING

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