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Journal of Ethology

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 191–196 | Cite as

Partner recognition in a perennially monogamous pipefish, Corythoichthys haematopterus

  • Atsushi Sogabe
Short Communication

Abstract

The pipefish Corythoichthys haematopterus, which forms lifelong pair bonds and exhibits strict monogamy, performs a daily ritualized intrapair interaction, called the greeting. Cross-pairing experiments were performed to examine the capacity for partner recognition in C. haematopterus during the greeting. When pair members were released into an artificially constructed greeting arena, they exhibited typical greeting behavior immediately after contact. In contrast, when males and females from different pairs met, almost no displays were exchanged. These results strongly suggest that paired C. haematopterus can recognize their own partners, irrespective of the meeting location.

Keywords

Individual recognition Monogamy Greeting behavior Syngnathidae Corythoichthys haematopterus Mate fidelity 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Many thanks to T.W. Miller for kindly reading the manuscript. The study was carried out with the assistance of the UWA Marine Institute and supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for Young Scientists.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Biosphere ScienceHiroshima UniversityHigashi-HiroshimaJapan

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