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dc.contributor.authorBarbosa, Miguelpt_PT
dc.contributor.authorOjanguren, Alfredo F.pt_PT
dc.contributor.authorMagurran, Anne E.pt_PT
dc.description.abstractEarly experience is known to be important in the development of mating behaviour. The behavioural and chemical stimuli obtained by observing adults interacting are thought to operate as template by which young acquire the ability to sexually display when appropriate. But, while the importance of early social interactions for the development of mating behaviour is well accepted, how social deprivation at different onto- genetic phases contributes for this effect is poorly understood. Here, we address this gap by asking how social deprivation at different ontogenetic phases (before or after 6 wk) mediates male mating behaviour in the Trin- idadian guppy. We show that in the absence of early social interaction, the latency of mating behaviour is briefly delayed, but that all individuals were able to sexually display in <30 min. Interestingly, regardless of the timing of social deprivation, mating behaviour starts sooner under female-biased sex ratios environments that than under a male-biased sex ratio, suggesting that male sexual behaviour is driven by female cues. The short-lived effects of social deprivation on mating behaviour reflect the extraordinary innate plasticity of guppies, which is likely to contribute to their success as invasive species.pt_PT
dc.description.sponsorshipWe are grateful to Maria Dornelas and Carl Smith for providing helpful comments on early drafts and to Hideyasu Shimadzu for statistical advice on model selection. We are also thankful to the Behavioural Discussion Group and to the Fish Behaviour and Biodiversity Group for the rewarding discussions and comments on the manuscript. This study was funded by a postdoctoral fellowship to MB from Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (SFRH/BPD/82259/ 2011) and by a European Research Council grant to AEM (BioTIME 250189). All behavioural observations were carried out at the School of Biology at the University of St Andrews. The premises where the observations were carried out comply with the ASAB Guidelines for the treatment of animal in behavioural Research and Teaching, set by UK Home Office (PCD 60/2609).pt_PT
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishingpt_PT
dc.titleCourtship display persists despite early social deprivationpt_PT
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