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Endler females mating preference for male guppies: A case study REKHA SATHYAN BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION BIOLOGY UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE Email:

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1 Endler females mating preference for male guppies: A case study REKHA SATHYAN BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION BIOLOGY UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE

2 Introduction Female mating preference *Basis of colours *Large and more chromatic orange spots

3 Continu ….. Findings shows female guppies of different strains prefer the same male colours (Houde 1987) Female guppies prefer more bright colours Females discriminate males on variation in the extend of orange pigment

4 Continu…. Female guppies prefer Dark colours  Especially red and black colours  Due to sexual signal

5 Approach Endler female guppies choice is different colours Several research has been done on the orange colour preference

6 Continue …… But here this study will be focusing on yellow and red top swords guppies Such as Top sword Metallica Top sword snake skin

7 Research question Would endler female guppies prefer top sword Metallica or top sword snake skin?

8 Hypothesis Female mating preference: Top sword Metallica is red colour Top sword snake skin is yellow colour Tail morphology is same

9 Methods Endler females (3 Endlers) in centre tank * 3 Top sword Metallica males in right tank * 3 Top sword snake skin males in left tank

10 Continu……… * Endler female should be yellow or black colour * Observe endler females direction of movement

11 Top sword Metallica Endler female Top sword snake skin Methods

12 References Anne EH Mate choice based upon naturally occurring colour pattern variation in a guppy population. International journal of organic evolution 41(1):1-10 Astrid KB Female preference and sexual selection for male colouration in the guppy (Poe cilia reticulata). Behavioural biology 17(3):

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