The boy can dance: ritual courtship of the opal cling goby

Brendan C. Ebner, Darrell J. Kemp

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Abstract

Field-based video recording of courtship between a male and female Stiphodon semoni (Family Gobiidae), afforded the opportunity to discern specific behaviours not reported of sicydiine gobies previously, including tail-wagging and kiss-like behaviour by the male. Furthermore, a subset of behaviours that resemble those from published reports of other sicydiines in courtship and a subset of behaviours that are analogous to those exhibited by guppies (Poecilia reticulata, Family Poeciliidae) are reported and discussed briefly and used to contend that sicydiines are ripe for detailed study of sexual signalling behaviour in fishes.

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JournalPacific Conservation Biology
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Sep 2019

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Keywords

  • courtship
  • iridescence
  • observer effect
  • Sicydiinae
  • tail-wagging
  • underwater video

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