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Animal PersonalitiesBehavior, Physiology, and Evolution$
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Claudio Carere and Dario Maestripieri

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226922058

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226922065.001.0001

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Evolutionary Perspectives on Personality in Stickleback Fish

Evolutionary Perspectives on Personality in Stickleback Fish

(p.36) 2 Evolutionary Perspectives on Personality in Stickleback Fish
Animal Personalities

Alison M. Bell

Susan A. Foster

Wund Matthew

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines personality in stickleback fish. Studies have shown that individual behavioral differences among populations are common in sticklebacks. By comparing groups of sticklebacks that either do or do not behave consistently, the chapter investigates the selective factors which can favor the evolution of personality in fishes. It begins with a discussion on the adaptive radiation of stickleback fish, followed by a brief historical background of stickleback behavioral research. The chapter then shows how relating individual differences among populations offers insights into the boldness-aggressiveness behavioral syndrome.

Keywords:   personality, stickleback fishes, sticklebacks, adaptive radiation, behavioral syndrome

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