Mate choice in a promiscuous poison frog

Autor(en)
Mélissa Peignier, Lauriane Bégué, Alina Gieseke, Diana Petri, Max Ringler, Eva Ringler
Abstrakt

In many animal species, members of one sex, most often females, exhibit a strong preference for mating partners with particular traits or resources. However, when females sequentially mate with multiple partners, strategies underlying female choice are not very well understood. Particularly, little is known if under such sequential polyandry females mate truly randomly, or if they actively try to spread mating events across multiple partners. In the present study, we used the highly promiscuous poison frog Allobates femoralis to investigate whether promiscuity could result from a preference for novel mates. Furthermore, we examined the importance of call characteristics for mate choice. We conducted mate choice experiments in a laboratory setup, by presenting females with recent mating partners or novel males. We recorded call characteristics of both males and the time females spent close to each male. In our trials, females preferred previous mating partners over novel males and also males with shorter advertisement calls. Results from previous studies on A. femoralis suggest that females in our trials recognized previous partners based on individual call characteristics. While mating decisions in the wild and in the laboratory might differ, our study provides first evidence for female mate choice in a poison frog with sequential polyandry.

Organisation(en)
Department für Verhaltens- und Kognitionsbiologie, Department für Evolutionsbiologie
Externe Organisation(en)
Universität Bern, Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien, Université de Montpellier, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz (KUG)
Journal
Ethology
Band
128
Seiten
693-703
Anzahl der Seiten
11
ISSN
0179-1613
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1111/eth.13331
Publikationsdatum
09-2022
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
106051 Verhaltensbiologie
Schlagwörter
ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Animal Science and Zoology
Link zum Portal
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/de/publications/mate-choice-in-a-promiscuous-poison-frog(f5ecff05-3b77-4542-a672-44f07bd3b7b8).html