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Presentation Title

Female mating preferences as a result of coloration and movement in Betta splendens

Location

Library 203

Abstract

Siamese fighting fish, or Betta splendens, are known for their flashy colors and extremely aggressive behavior. They are a good model species for studying sexual behavior. Female Bettas are known to select a male for a number of reasons, including male flashiness and color, or aggression and movement. However, it is not known which of these categories matters the most to a breeding female. We will present the primary findings of our ongoing study of captive bred Betta fish. In particular, we find that females preferred red over blue coloration in males and paper models; however, we also find that females preferred a moving blue model over a nonmoving red model.

Presentation Type

Group Talk

Start Date

4-8-2014 9:00 AM

End Date

4-8-2014 10:20 AM

Panel

Panel: At Peace Like a Fish in a Bowl

Field of Study for Presentation

Biology

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Female mating preferences as a result of coloration and movement in Betta splendens

Library 203

Siamese fighting fish, or Betta splendens, are known for their flashy colors and extremely aggressive behavior. They are a good model species for studying sexual behavior. Female Bettas are known to select a male for a number of reasons, including male flashiness and color, or aggression and movement. However, it is not known which of these categories matters the most to a breeding female. We will present the primary findings of our ongoing study of captive bred Betta fish. In particular, we find that females preferred red over blue coloration in males and paper models; however, we also find that females preferred a moving blue model over a nonmoving red model.