Limnetic Stickleback

Data Sheet 4

Mate choices between benthic, and limnetic sticklebacks

(Ridgeway and McPhail 1984)



  # females tested Female choice (1 female: 2 males)
Limnetic Male Benthic Male
Limnetic female 7 7 0
Benthic female 7 0 7

p < 0.01




  # males tested Male choice (1 male: 2 females)
Limnetic Female Benthic Female
Limnetic male 7 7 0
Benthic male 7 0 7

p < 0.01


Note:  Each fish offered the choice was placed in a tank with two sticklebacks of the opposite sex, one limnetic and one benthic. The choice was noted when a female entered the nest of a male.


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