Video Playback Versus Live Stimuli for Assessing Mate Choice in a Pipefish
2006 (English)In: Environmental Biology of Fishes, ISSN 0378-1909, E-ISSN 1573-5133, Vol. 75, no 4, 409-414 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this study, I investigated the application of the video playback technique to studies on mate choice in the pipefish, Syngnathus typhle. In this sex-role reversed species, the males are predominately the choosing sex, and given a choice, prefer to mate with larger females. As such, I tested if this known mate preference remained when using this novel experimental technique. Specifically, I compared the response of males to video images of females to that of live females. Results revealed that male pipefish showed a stronger preference for the larger female in the video playback treatment than in the clear glass (two-way interaction) live female treatment. This experiment has, therefore, demonstrated that the pipefish respond in the predicted direction in response to video playback, and as such proves to be a reliable method to study mate preferences in this species.
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2006. Vol. 75, no 4, 409-414 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-94179DOI: 10.1007/s10641-006-0024-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-94179DiVA: diva2:167941