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Poster or Presentation Title

Schooling Affinity of Male Mosquitofish

Student Author Information

Wrenn Pallas, University of LynchburgFollow

Location

Memorial Ballroom, Hall Campus Center

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Start Date

8-4-2020 12:00 PM

End Date

8-4-2020 1:15 PM

Department

Biology

Abstract

Affinity is a major factor in schooling behavior. Although considerable work has addressed the mating behavior of mosquitofish, few studies investigate the schooling affinity of mosquitofish. Mating behavior is limited to the mating season, since this study was conducted outside of mating season, mating should not be the driving factor for any affinity preferences.An experimental analysis of the mating affinity of mosquitofish showed that males have a gender preference for schooling with females versus males. Analysis of sixteen trials revealed that males prefer to interact with, and spend time on the same side of the tank as females, in the presence of both sexes. Schooling affinity was measured using time spent on the same side of the tank as the specific gender. Time spent on the same side of the tank has two categories: interacting, and not interacting. The purpose of this study was to determine what factors are driving the affinity preferences for male mosquito fish outside of a mating context.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Kari Benson

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Schooling Affinity of Male Mosquitofish

Memorial Ballroom, Hall Campus Center

Affinity is a major factor in schooling behavior. Although considerable work has addressed the mating behavior of mosquitofish, few studies investigate the schooling affinity of mosquitofish. Mating behavior is limited to the mating season, since this study was conducted outside of mating season, mating should not be the driving factor for any affinity preferences.An experimental analysis of the mating affinity of mosquitofish showed that males have a gender preference for schooling with females versus males. Analysis of sixteen trials revealed that males prefer to interact with, and spend time on the same side of the tank as females, in the presence of both sexes. Schooling affinity was measured using time spent on the same side of the tank as the specific gender. Time spent on the same side of the tank has two categories: interacting, and not interacting. The purpose of this study was to determine what factors are driving the affinity preferences for male mosquito fish outside of a mating context.