Non-visual localisation of a conspecific male by surface- and cave-dwelling Atlantic molly females (Poecilia mexicana, Poeciliidae, Teleostei)

Rüdiger Riesch, Martina Arndt, Martin Plath

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We investigated the ability of surface- and cave-dwelling P. mexicana females to localize conspecific males in light and darkness. Females of both populations showed a predilection for the male in both experiments. Non-visual association behaviour in darkness in the surface form can be viewed as a pre-adaptation to cave life in this species.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-51
Number of pages5
JournalNatura Croatica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005


  • cave fish
  • non-visual communication
  • association behaviour
  • sensory capabilities
  • Poecilia mexicana
  • Poeciliidae

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