The Evolutionary Biology of the Threespine Stickleback

Hardcover | September 1, 1993

EditorMichael A BellbySusan A Foster

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The threespine stickleback is a small fish of northern coastal and fresh waters. This volume incorporates reviews from active workers who use the threespine stickleback to address a broad variety of evolutionary issues, ranging from optimal foraging to natural selection on armour, fromspeciation to the endocrine basis for correlated behavioural characters. The volume spans the diversity of evolutionary research employing the threespine stickleback and draws links between evolution, systematics, behaviour, and ecology. With modern comprehensive focus, this book integrates all this research into a whole yet allows for an appreciation of the detail contained therein.

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The threespine stickleback is a small fish of northern coastal and fresh waters. This volume incorporates reviews from active workers who use the threespine stickleback to address a broad variety of evolutionary issues, ranging from optimal foraging to natural selection on armour, fromspeciation to the endocrine basis for correlated be...

Michael A. Bell is at State University of New York at Stony Brook. Susan A. Foster is at University of Arkansas.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:9.49 × 6.3 × 1.42 inPublished:September 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198577281

ISBN - 13:9780198577287

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Introduction to the evolutionary biology of the threespine stickleback1. Systematics and morphology of the Gasterosteiformes2. Allozyme variation of the Gasterosteus aculeatus complex3. Physiological ecology and evolution4. Energy allocation5. Life history variation in females6. Ecology on the breeding grounds7. Evolution of foraging behaviour8. Predators and morphological evolution9. Adaptive variation in antipredator behaviour10. Proximate determinants of stickleback behaviour11. Evolution of aggresive behaviour12. Evolution of reproductive behaviour13. Speciation and the evolution of reproductive isolation in the sticklebacks of south-western British Columbia14. Palaeobiology and evolution15. Evolutionary inference: the value of viewing evolution through stickleback-tinted glassesReferencesAuthor indexSubject index

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`Apart from being a useful contribution to evolutionary literature in general, the wider value of this very comprehensive book for fish biologists is that it draws attention to the high degree of diversity and variation which might be found in a species once this is subjected to intensivestudy. This potential, and the correlation between form, behaviour and the loval environment, is of general significance for intepretation of population structure in big fish as well as tiddlers.'Peter J. Miller, University of Bristol, Journal of Fish Biology (1995) 46