Université de Neuchâtel

Cleaning in pairs enhances honesty in male cleaning gobies

Soares, Marta C. ; Bshary, Redouan ; Côté, Isabelle M.

In: Behavioral Ecology, 2009, vol. 20, no. 6, p. 1343-1347

A recent game theoretic model akin to an iterated prisoner's dilemma explored situations in which 2 individuals (the service providers) interact simultaneously with the same service recipient (the client). If providing a dishonest service pays, then each service provider may be tempted to cheat before its partner, even if cheating causes the client's departure; however, a theoretical cooperative...