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Many mates make male pipefish choosy
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Ecology and Evolution, Animal Ecology.
1995 (English)In: Behaviour, ISSN 0005-7959, E-ISSN 1568-539X, Vol. 132, no 3-4, 213-218 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the sex-role reversed pipefish Syngnathus typhle males search for mates, and prefer to mate with large rather than small females. When mate density was experimentally manipulated, males exerted a mate choice only under high mate density, whereas no mate choice could be demonstrated under low mate density. Hence, when males are infrequently encountered, males reduce the costs associated with an extended mate search by accepting females that otherwise would have been rejected.

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1995. Vol. 132, no 3-4, 213-218 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-126458ISI: A1995QY33000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-126458DiVA: diva2:324111
Available from: 2010-06-14 Created: 2010-06-14 Last updated: 2010-08-05Bibliographically approved

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