Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 98, Issue 7, pp 1731–1740 | Cite as

Multiple male sexual signals and female responsiveness in the swordtail characin, Corynopoma riisei

  • Mirjam Amcoff
  • Niclas Kolm


In the courtship process, multiple signals are often used between the signaller and the receiver. Here we describe female response to multiple male visual morphological and behavioural signals in the swordtail characin, Corynopoma riisei. The swordtail characin is a species in which males display several morphological ornaments as well as a rich courtship repertoire. Our results show that high courtship intensity was associated with an increased female response towards the male ornament, increased number of mating attempts and a reduction in female aggression. The morphological aspects investigated here did not seem to correlate with female response. This may indicate that, when both behaviour and morphology are considered simultaneously, courtship behaviour may have priority over morphological cues in this species.


Courtship Mate choice Morphology Multiple signalling Visual cues 



This study was funded by the Swedish Research Council and was approved of by the Uppsala Animal Research Board (application C263/6). Thanks to Fernando Mateos-González and Isobel Booksmythe for helpful comments on the manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Animal EcologyUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  2. 2.Department of Zoology/EthologyStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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