Journal Article

Non-Visual Mate Choice Ability in a Cavefish (Poecilia mexicana) is not mechanosensory

Ruschenbaum, S. and Schlupp, I.

Record Number:
3009
Year:
2013
Journal:
Ethology
Pages:
368-376
Volume:
119
Short Title:
Non-Visual Mate Choice Ability in a Cavefish (Poecilia mexicana) is not Mechanosensory
Alternate Journal:
Ethology
Notes:
123cl
PMCID:
doi:10.1111/eth.12072
URL:
://WOS:000317365700003
Date:
May
Accession Number:
WOS:000317365700003
Language:
English
Issue:
5
Abstract:
One of the most important decisions any female has to make is selecting a mate. In many animals, this involves a strong visual component, but in cave-dwelling fishes, mate preferences have to be exercised in darkness. In a cave-dwelling Poeciliid fish, the cave molly (Poecilia mexicana), visual mate choice is still possible because they have functional, albeit reduced eyes. In a previous laboratory study, it was documented that females prefer larger males in light and in darkness. In the present study, we investigated the role of the mechanosensory lateral line in this mate preference. We temporarily knocked out the lateral line using antibiotics. We found that even in the functional absence of the lateral line, females showed a clear preference for larger males, indicating that the lateral line is not crucial for mate choice. This points toward a strong role of chemical communication in cave molly mate choice.
ISSN:
0179-1613
Times Cited:
1
Author Address:
Univ Oklahoma, Dept Biol, Norman, OK 73019 USA
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