Parental care in representatives of the family Syngnathidae is carried out exclusively by the males and may restrict the reproductive success of the females, resulting in a reversal of their sexual roles. The reversal of the roles of the sexes is specific to polygamous species of the family; it has not been recorded in monogamous species. We describe the spawning behavior of the Primor'e pipefish Syngnathus acusimilis.We show that fish of this species, although polygamous, have no roles reversal between the sexes, and the males are more active during courtship and mate selection.
Russian Journal of Marine Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 16, 2004
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