The effect of visual density on the fecundity of the guppy, Poecilia reticulata

Miki Nishibori, Masakado Kawata

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This paper examines the effect of visual density on the brood size of female guppies, Poecilia reticulata. Previous laboratory studies of guppies showed that the fecundity of females decreases as density increases. In the present study, the effect of visual density was examined under conditions where detrimental factors such as interaction of individuals, waste substances, and dissolved oxygen were constant. The brood size of females at visual densities of 4 or more individuals was significantly larger than at zero visual density. There was a significant positive correlation between brood size and visual density. Sex ratio did not significantly affect brood size. Guppies can recognize surrounding densities and change their own fecundity in response to changes in density.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-217
Number of pages5
JournalEnvironmental Biology of Fishes
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1993 Jun 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Density dependence
  • Density of neighbor
  • Fish
  • Visual cue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science


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