How Spotted Patterns Effect Sexual Selection in Male Guppies

Kayleigh Locke, Nikki Freeman, Justin Kothe, Sarah Gardner


Our investigation focused on male guppies’ preference of mates with dark spots compared to those without spots. The relationship between guppies and preferred color patterns is complicated with preference most heavily relying on coloration. Without any color variation to influence their choice, we hypothesized that the males would prefer a female with a spotted pattern because of the camouflaging benefits. Our results showed that the male guppies showed no preference between the two models.


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