Experimental evidence of female choice in Lake Malawi cichlids

Jay R. Stauffer, Karen A. Kellogg, Kenneth R. McKaye

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To date, most research on sexual selection has focused on the discrimination between attributes of individuals of the opposite sex. We have demonstrated female discrimination of a male behavioral character, bower size, by experimentally manipulating bower height in a lek of cichlid fishes from Lake Malawi, Africa. Eggs increased significantly (p<0.01) with large (15 cm) and extra large (30 cm) artificial bowers. Males with extra large bowers received a 50% greater increase in eggs laid than those with just large bowers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)657-660
Number of pages4
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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