Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 253–255 | Cite as

Tail size and female choice in the guppy (Poecilia reticulata)

  • Robert J. Bischoff
  • James L. Gould
  • Daniel I. Rubenstein


Under laboratory conditions, female guppies demonstrate a clear preference for males with larger tails, and this preference translates into enhanced reproductive fitness for these males. Females also prefer males with higher display rates, a behavior which appears to be linked to tail size, but which can be experimentally disassociated. This appears to be a case of female-choice sexual selection.


Laboratory Condition Sexual Selection Female Choice Clear Preference Reproductive Fitness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert J. Bischoff
    • 1
  • James L. Gould
    • 1
  • Daniel I. Rubenstein
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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