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Title Animal cognition: Mate choice for cognition- Do females fall for clever males?
Laboratory based experimental work.
Group Behavioural Ecology
Project type thesis
Credits 12-36
Supervisor(s) S�verine Kotrschal
Examiner(s) Marc Naguib
Contact info severine.kotrschal@wur.nl
Begin date 2020/10/12
End date 2023/04/01
Description Being intelligent has many advantages. For a female guppy this means higher chances of survival under predator pressure, better ability to adapt to a changing environment, making more correct mate choices and generally learning faster where and what to eat. Intelligence is also heritable and mating with an intelligent partner therefore should increase lifetime reproductive success. The aim of this project is to test whether female guppies preferably choose a male that they have seen to perform well in a colour discrimination test over a male that performed badly in this test.
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