Faculty Advisor

Buckholt, Michael Allan

Faculty Advisor

Mathews, Lauren M

Faculty Advisor

Rulfs, Jill

Abstract

Male crayfish Orconectes quinebaugensis compete for dominance, therefore, we hypothesized that male dominance correlates with female mate choice, resulting in dominant males being chosen for more reproductive encounters. It was found that the dominance score earned by each male was significantly correlated to its claw size and that there was no significant correlation between the time females spent in the male-containing arm of a Y-maze and their time spent in a control arm. Analysis of our data indicates no relationship between a male's dominance and a female's mate preference.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2008

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

Advisor Department

BIO

Advisor Department

BC

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