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Table 1 Number of transitive or intransitive choices as a function of the size of the female

From: Female mate choice in convict cichlids is transitive and consistent with a self-referent directional preference

  Transitive order Intransitive order Total
Female size L>M>S L>S>M M>L>S M>S>L S>L>M S>M>L L>M>S>L  
Small 2 1 3 5 1 7 1 20
Large 8 2 3 3 0 1 3 20
Total 10 3 6 8 1 8 4 40
  1. Notation L > M > S reflects transitive ordering in which a female preferred the larger male over the medium size male (L > M), the medium size male over the smaller one (M > S), and the larger male over the smaller one (L > S). Four intransitive females exhibited the circular triad: L > M, M > S, and S > L.