Multiple male sexual signals and female responsiveness in the swordtail characin, Corynopoma riisei
2015 (English)In: Environmental Biology of Fishes, ISSN 0378-1909, E-ISSN 1573-5133, Vol. 98, no 7, 1731-1740 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In the courtship process, multiple signals are often used between the signaller and the receiver. Here we describe female response to multiple male visual morphological and behavioural signals in the swordtail characin, Corynopoma riisei. The swordtail characin is a species in which males display several morphological ornaments as well as a rich courtship repertoire. Our results show that high courtship intensity was associated with an increased female response towards the male ornament, increased number of mating attempts and a reduction in female aggression. The morphological aspects investigated here did not seem to correlate with female response. This may indicate that, when both behaviour and morphology are considered simultaneously, courtship behaviour may have priority over morphological cues in this species.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 98, no 7, 1731-1740 p.
courtship, multiple signalling, visual cues, morphology, mate choice
Research subject Biology with specialization in Animal Ecology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-207333DOI: 10.1007/s10641-015-0388-2ISI: 000355620700001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-207333DiVA: diva2:647907