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Plastic responses to parents and predators lead to divergent shoaling behaviour in sticklebacks.
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PMID:  22320242     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Population divergence in antipredator defence and behaviour occurs rapidly and repeatedly. Genetic differences, phenotypic plasticity or parental effects may all contribute to divergence, but the relative importance of each of these mechanisms remains unknown. We exposed juveniles to parents and predators to measure how induced changes contribute to shoaling behaviour differences between two threespine stickleback species (benthics and limnetics: Gasterosteus spp). We found that limnetics increased shoaling in response to predator attacks, whereas benthics did not alter their behaviour. Care by limnetic fathers led to increased shoaling in both limnetic and benthic offspring. Shoaling helps limnetics avoid trout and avian predation; our results suggest that this adaptive behaviour is the result of a combination of paternal effects, predator-induced plasticity and genetic differences between species. These results suggest that plasticity substantially contributes to the rapid divergence in shoaling behaviour across the post-Pleistocene radiation of sticklebacks.
G M Kozak; J W Boughman
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-2-9
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Title:  Journal of evolutionary biology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1420-9101     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
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Created Date:  2012-2-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8809954     Medline TA:  J Evol Biol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 The Authors. Journal of Evolutionary Biology © 2012 European Society For Evolutionary Biology.
Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA Department of Zoology, BEACON, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behaviour Program, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA.
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