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TitleSexual selection and territory size in male cunners Tautogolabrus adspersus, in Conception Bay, Newfoundland
AuthorMartel, Guy, 1956-
DescriptionThesis (M.Sc.) -- Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1983. Biology
Paginationix, 114 leaves : ill.
SubjectCunner; Sexual selection in animals; Territoriality (Zoology);
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Dept. of Biology
NotesBibliography : leaves 103-113.
AbstractThe occurrence of sexual selection was investigated in the cunner, Tautogolabrus adspersus (Walbaum), in Conception Bay, Newfoundland. Field observations show that the number of spawns was different between territorial males and, consequently, that sexual selection occurs among those males. Correlations between spawning success and physical and behavioural characteristics of territorial males indicate that the females tend to base their choice on male's characteristics rather than on those of the territories. -- However, the ultimate goal of territoriality appears to be related to reproduction and, since territorial males spend most of their active time on their territories, a proximate goal is maintenance. Differences exist between sizes of males territories, and factors which could affect the size of those territories were investigated. Geophysical differences (influencing the defendability of territories) and food quantity and distribution inside territories are responsible for most of the variation between territory sizes. The occurrence of a previously undescribed type of behaviour in the cunner, termed ‘peregrination', is described.
Resource TypeElectronic thesis or dissertation
FormatImage/jpeg; Application/pdf
SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
Local Identifier75245564
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
CollectionElectronic Theses and Dissertations
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