• Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
 

 

 

 
 
THE ‘WOMAN IN RED’ EFFECT: NEW REPRODUCTIVE PHENOMENON DESCRIBED BY CIBIO-InBIO RESEARCHERS
Study led by CIBIO-InBIO researchers, which demonstrates that pipefish males curb pregnancies at the sight of an attractive female, has been attracting media attention.
 

In an article published by the prestigious journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, an international team led by CIBIO-InBIO researchers Nuno Monteiro and Mário Cunha discovered, in a seahorse’s close relative (Syngnathus abaster) whose males get pregnant, an amazing reproductive strategy. During pregnancy, males invest less in gestation when they find a more attractive female.


Alluding to Gene Wilder's film, "The Woman in Red", in which a quiet man suddenly becomes obsessed with a beautiful woman and eventually forgets his wife and daughters, CIBIO-InBIO researchers baptized a similar behaviour, now observed in fish, as the "Woman in Red" effect.

 


To know more about this topic, please follow the links below:

"Vida de peixe. Efeito "A Mulher de Vermelho" enfeitiça machos grávidos" | Diário de Notícias | August 22, 2018 (Information available in Portuguese)
"Primo do cavalo-marinho troca a fêmea se conhecer outra mais sexy – mesmo que esteja grávido" | Observador | August 22, 2018 (Information available in Portuguese)
"Os peixes que descuram a gestação em nome da paixão" | Wilder | August 22, 2018 (Information available in Portuguese)
"Parente dos cavalos-marinhos desinteressa-se da gravidez ao ver fêmea mais atraente" | Lusa | August 22, 2018 (Information available in Portuguese)
"Parente dos cavalos-marinhos desinteressa-se da gravidez ao ver fêmea mais atraente" | SIC Notícias | August 22, 2018 (Information available in Portuguese)
"Parente dos cavalos-marinhos desinteressa-se da gravidez ao ver fêmea mais atraente" | Sapo 24 | August 22, 2018 (Information available in Portuguese)
"Parente dos cavalos-marinhos desinteressa-se da gravidez ao ver fêmea mais atraente - estudo" | TSF | August 22, 2018 (Information available in Portuguese)

"Parente dos cavalos-marinhos desinteressa-se da gravidez ao ver fêmea mais atraente" | Rádio Renascença | August 22, 2018 (Information available in Portuguese)

"Cavalos-marinhos perdem interesse pela gravidez ao verem fêmea mais atraente" | Paraná em Rede | August 23, 2018 (Information available in Portuguese)

"When a Pregnant Pipefish Dad Spots an Alluring Female, Things Get Weird" | The New York Times | August 24, 2018

"L’effet "femme fatale" transforme des poissons en pères indignes" | Sciences et Avenir | September 1, 2018 (Information available in French)

 

To read the national press release for this study, please click here.

 

To access the original article, please click here.

Posted in 2018-08-24