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Unformatted text preview: Abstract: Introduction: The goal of our research here is to establish a trend for the behavior of isolated female guppy fish when sexually selecting their mates in two opposite environments; the dark side or the light side of the fish tank. Sexual selection, one of the driving forces behind this data, is understood as being based off of females choosing males according to their secondary sex characteristics; crests, plumes, antlers, and different color patterns (Aspbury, 2010). Studies have shown that sexual selection is a catalyst for the evolution of secondary sex characteristics (Aspbury 2010). Because sexual selection is closely intertwined with intersexual selection, it is the main point that this research is geared toward. To better understand the processes being studied, we will go further to distinguish that intersexual selection as any pattern of behavior by individuals of one sex that leads them to being more likely to mate with particular members of the opposite sex than with others; mate choice (Aspbury, 2010). It is important to understand both the background of guppy fish and the behaviors they part take in to supply further generations of guppy fish to make their niche in the environment....
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2012 for the course BIO 1131 taught by Professor Faculty during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.
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