Sexual Selection in Guppies

Lab type: 
Virtual lab
Lab owner: 
Thomas C. Jones
Contact person: 
Aimee L. Govett,
Frederick D. Singer,
Paul Mack,
Susan E. Riechert,
Thomas C. Jones,
Thomas F. Laughlin
Age range: 
12-14, 14-16, 16-18
Language: 
English
Level of difficulty: 
Medium
Level of interaction: 
High
Booking required: 
No
 
Lab description and primary aims of the lab: 

This model simulates Endler's 1980 classic experiment on the balance of sexual selection and natural selection. In guppies, females prefer to mate with males that have lots of spots, but those males are more easily seen by predators. You can manipulate strength of female preference and the number of predators.

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