Pipefish Reproduction Discovery Among Top 100 Stories of 2010
COLLEGE STATION -- Texas A&M University biologists' 2010 discovery that male pipefish treat their offspring well only if they like their mates has been named one of Discover magazine's "Top 100 Stories of 2010."
Kim Paczolt and Dr. Adam Jones, researchers in the Texas A&M Department of Biology, claimed the No. 96 spot among the publication's most interesting milestones of the past year based on their National Science Foundation-funded research with male pipefish, which breed with a single female and, like their seahorse cousins, carry the eggs and give birth. Paczolt and Jones recently studied consecutive broods in male Gulf pipefish to pinpoint possible factors affecting their survival rates, determining that, while male pipefish can be nurturing fathers, it was by "cryptic choice" -- before and after mating.
"The bottom line seems to be, if the male likes the mom, the kids are treated better," Paczolt says.
To learn more about their top 100 discovery, originally published in the March 2010 issue of Nature magazine, go to http://discovermagazine.com/2011/jan-feb/96.
To see the complete list, visit http://discovermagazine.com/columns/top-100-stories-of-2010.
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