Ultraviolet reflectance patterns of male guppies enhance their attractiveness to females

@article{KodricBrown2002UltravioletRP,
  title={Ultraviolet reflectance patterns of male guppies enhance their attractiveness to females},
  author={Astrid Kodric-Brown and Sally C. Johnson},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2002},
  volume={63},
  pages={391-396}
}
Abstract In many groups of fish male colour patterns reflect in the ultraviolet, but little is known about female preferences for these components of male ornaments. We studied UV-reflective colour patterns in male guppies, Poecilia reticulata , and their importance in female choice. Using photographs taken with a filter transmitting only short wavelengths, we found that 4–24% of the area of a male's colour pattern reflects in the UV. We measured female visual responses to paired males placed… Expand

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