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Show me you care: female mate choice based on egg attendance rather than male or territorial traits

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Valencia-Aguilar, Anyelet [1] ; Zamudio, Kelly R. [2] ; Haddad, Celio F. B. [3, 4] ; Bogdanowicz, Steve M. [2] ; Prado, Cynthia P. A. [1, 5]
Total Authors: 5
[1] Univ Estadual Paulista, Posgrad Ciencias Biol, Inst Biociencias, Dept Biodiversidade, Ave 24 A, BR-13506900 Rio Claro, SP - Brazil
[2] Cornell Univ, Dept Ecol & Evolutionary Biol, Ithaca, NY 14853 - USA
[3] Univ Estadual Paulista, Lab Herpetol, Dept Biodiversidade, Inst Biociencias, Ave 24 A, BR-13506900 Rio Claro, SP - Brazil
[4] Univ Estadual Paulista, Ctr Aquicultura, Inst Biociencias, Ave 24 A, BR-13506900 Rio Claro, SP - Brazil
[5] Univ Estadual Paulista, Dept Morfol & Fisiol Anim, Fac Ciencias Agr & Vet, Via Acesso Prof Paulo Donato Castellane Km 05, BR-14884900 Jaboticabal, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 5
Document type: Journal article
Source: BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY; v. 31, n. 4, p. 1054-1064, JUL-AUG 2020.
Web of Science Citations: 1

Female mate choice is often based on male traits, including signals or behaviors, and/or the quality of a male's territory. In species with obligate paternal care, where care directly affects offspring survival, females may also base their mate choices on the quality of a sire's care. Here, we quantified male reproductive success in a natural population of the glass frog Hyalinobatrachium cappellei, a species with male parental care, to determine the influence of territory quality, male traits, and paternal care behaviors on female mate choice. We found that attending males have a higher chance of gaining new clutches than nonattending males. Our results indicate that females do not select males based only on body condition, calling persistence, or territory traits. Instead, our findings support the hypothesis that females choose males based on care status. Indeed, males already attending a clutch were 70% more likely to obtain another clutch, and the time to acquire an additional clutch was significantly shorter. We also found that males adjust their parental care effort in response to genetic relatedness by caring only for their own offspring; however, remaining close to unrelated clutches serves as a strategy to attract females and increase chances of successful mating. Thus, males that establish territories that already contain clutches benefit from the signal eggs provide to females. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 17/07219-9 - Genetic relationship between larvae and caregiver males of the glassfrog Hyalinobatrachium cappellei (Anura, Centrolenidae)
Grantee:Anyelet Valencia Aguilar
Support type: Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 13/50741-7 - Diversity and conservation of Brazilian amphibians
Grantee:Célio Fernando Baptista Haddad
Support type: BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 16/05070-5 - Evolution of parental care in glassfrogs (Amphibia: Anura: Centrolenidae)
Grantee:Anyelet Valencia Aguilar
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate