Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Biological Sciences - Ecology and Natural Resources: M.S.
College of Science and Engineering
Nathan Eric Hampton
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Keywords and Subject Headings
Mate Choice Copying, Poecilia latipinna, Sailfin Mollie, Wild
Mate Choice Copying (MCC) is a non-independent sexually selective behavior that is present in Poecilia latipinna (sailfin mollies) and Poecilia reticulata (guppies). Experiments were conducted that show that truly wild sailfin mollies express MCC at a higher percent, while pseudo wild exhibit MCC at a lower percentage. Wild sailfin mollies from Mustang Island in Texas and pseudo wild sailfin mollies (12 generations in captivity) with similar morphology were used as the test subjects for the experiment. The testing apparatus was similar to the apparatus Dukatkin used (1992). The more robust MCC behavior exhibited by the truly wild sailfin mollie females switch to the initially rejected male (IRM) from the initially preferred male (IPM) 22% versus the pseudo wild at 14%. This supports that the Mate Choice Copying behavior is diminished in the captivity from the domestication process.
Highley, Kumiko, "Female Mate Choice Copying in Pseudo Wild vs. Truly Wild Poecilia latipinna" (2018). Culminating Projects in Biology. 29.