Parasite load predicts mate choice in guppies

C. E.J. Kennedy, J. A. Endler, S. L. Poynton, H. McMinn

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The influence of parasites on mate selection and on a secondary sexual character was studied in guppies (Poecilia reticulata). In fish infected with Camallanus cotti or Gyrodactylus, females were found to prefer males with relatively few parasites, and this preference was associated with a higher display rate in less parasitised males.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-295
Number of pages5
JournalBehavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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