Mating advantage for rare males in wild guppy populations


The research team including Kimberly A. Hughes of Florida State University, Anne E. Houde of Lake Forest College in Illinois,  Helen Rodd and Anna C. Price from Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto show female guppies preferentially mate with males of rare color patterns.

 

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Figure 1. Colour pattern variation among males from a single population

Kimberly A. Hughes, Anne E. Houde, Anna C. Price, F. Helen Rodd. Mating advantage for rare males in wild guppy populations. Nature, 2013; DOI:10.1038/nature12717

Published online in Nature Oct 31, 2013.

 

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