de Fraipont, M., Fitzgerald, G. J. & Guderley H. 1992: Femme fatale — the case of the threespine stickleback. Ethology 91, 147–152.
Femme Fatale — the Case of the Threespine Stickleback
Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
1992 Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Volume 91, Issue 2, pages 147–152, January-December 1992
How to Cite
de Fraipont, M., Fitzgerald, G. J. and Guderley, H. (1992), Femme Fatale — the Case of the Threespine Stickleback. Ethology, 91: 147–152. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.1992.tb00858.x
- Issue published online: 26 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
- Received: November 14, 1991 Accepted: February 3, 1992 (J. Brockmann)
In addition to courting females, male threespine sticklebacks must guard their nests from attacks on the eggs by female cannibals. We hypothesized that the presence of females in high densities in tide pools adversely affects a male's health and reproductive success. In the laboratory males housed with conspecific females during the breeding season were in poorer physical condition and died sooner than solitary males and males housed with conspecific males or with heterospecific females.