Biology - Male Harassment Drives Females To Alter Habitat Use And Leads To Segregation Of The Sexes
November 16, 2017
Across the animal kingdom males harass females for mating opportunities.
This harassment is costly for females, in some cases reducing reproductive success and increasing mortality.
We report an extreme strategy for avoiding sexual harassment used by a species of small fresh water fish, the Trinidadian guppy Poecilia reticulata.
Females actively select areas of high predation risk, but low male presence, thus risking their lives to avoid sexual harassment and driving sexual segregation in the species.
Royal Society journal Biology Letters
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