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Assays to Detect UV-reflecting Structures and Determine their Importance in Mate Preference using the Sailfin Molly Poecilia latipinna

DOI :

10.3791/54453-v

September 14th, 2016

September 14th, 2016

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1Department of Zoology, Ohio Wesleyan University, 2Department of Ecology, Evolution, & Behavior, University of Minnesota

This protocol outlines the use of spectrophotometry to detect ultraviolet-reflecting structures on organisms (in this example, the sailfin molly Poecilia latipinna) and describes dichotomous choice tests for fish that allow inferences to be made on the role of ultraviolet cues during mate selection.

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