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Biology of the Three-Spined Stickleback

  • Covers breakthroughs in research on the genetics of the stickleback
  • Offers comprehensive and updated insight into the fascinating biology of the sticklebacks
  • Discusses the sticklebacks as sentinel species and its current status as a model species in chemical testing
  • Explores a wide variety of issues in evolution, population genetics, physiology, ecology, behavior, and reproduction
  • Emphasizes the importance of sticklebacks in fields such as morphology, physiology, parasitology, population biology, ecology, behavioral ecology, and evolutionary biology

Series: CRC Marine Biology Series Volume: 8

By: Sara Östlund-Nilsson(Editor), Ian Mayer(Editor), Felicity Anne Huntingford(Editor)

392 pages, illustrations

CRC Press

Hardback | Jan 2007 | #155036 | ISBN-13: 9780849332197
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About this book

Since sticklebacks have undergone evolutionary radiation in different environments, research provides an important new model system for understanding the underlying mechanisms of vertebrate evolution. Biology of the Three-Spined Stickleback incorporates the major advances in genetic research that have resulting in a better understanding of this evolutionary change. Biology of the Three-Spined Stickleback discusses the value of the stickleback as a universal biomarker of environmental contamination. It addresses issues in evolution, population genetics, physiology, ecology, behavior, and reproduction. With contributions from experts, this text presents the first comprehensive review of this area in over a decade.

" [...] introduce(s) 11 contributed chapters that examine the dramatic structural and behavioral differences in naturally isolated stickleback populations in light of the latest genetic mapping studies. [...] "
– In Book News Inc., June 2007

"Biology of the Three-Spined Stickleback includes a good selection of important topics and some well-conceived and well-written reviews."
– Michael A. Bell, Ecology & Evolution, Stony Brook University, in The Quarterly Review of Biology, June 2008, Vol. 83, No. 2


1. Phylogeny, Systematics, and Taxonomy of Sticklebacks, M.Y. Mattern
General Introduction
Spinachia Cuvier 1817
Apeltes DeKay 1842
Culaea Whitley 1950
Pungitius Coste 1848
Gasterosteus Linnaeus 1758
Family-Level Relationships
General Conclusions
Appendix: Synonymy

2. The Molecular Genetics of Evolutionary Change in Sticklebacks, D.M. Kingsley and C.L. Peichel
Introduction: The Growth of Genomic Resources for Three-Spined Sticklebacks
Developing a Toolkit for Molecular Analysis
Applications to Specific Traits
Concluding Remarks

3. Speciation in Sticklebacks, J.W. Boughman
Setting the Stage
The Basis of Reproductive Isolation
Mechanisms of Speciation: Natural Selection and Reproductive Isolation
The Genetics of Parallel Evolution and Speciation
Persistence and Conservation of Species

4. Antipredator Defences in Sticklebacks: Trade-Offs, Risk Sensitivity, and Behavioural Syndromes, F. Huntingford and S. Coyle
Predators of Sticklebacks
Antipredator Adaptations in Sticklebacks
Effects of Local Predation Regimes
Costs, Benefits, and Trade-Offs
Individual Variability in Risk Taking

5. Reproductive Behaviour in the Three-Spined Stickleback, S. Östlund-Nilsson
Nest Building
Paternal Care
Courtship and Mate Choice

6. The Umwelt of the Three-Spined Stickleback, D.A. McLennan
What Sensory Systems are Left to Study?
Umwelt and Us

7. Reproductive Physiology of Sticklebacks, B. Borg
Spermatogenesis and Spermatozoa
Gonadal Hormones
Secondary Sexual Characters
Brain–Pituitary–Gonadal Axis
Control of the Seasonal Reproductive Cycle

8. Hormonal Control of Reproductive Behaviour in the Stickleback, I. Mayer and M. Páll
Reproductive Behaviour in the Stickleback
Gonadal Steroids and Reproductive Behaviour
Androgen–Behaviour Relationships over the Nesting Cycle
Cost–Benefit Trade-Offs Associated with High Androgen Levels
Prolactin and Behaviour
Other Factors
Behaviour and Other Stickleback Species
Endocrine Disruption of Reproductive Behaviour

9. Host–Parasite Interactions of the Three-Spined Stickleback, I. Barber
Patterns of Infection in Three-Spined Sticklebacks
Avoiding Infections: Behavioural and Immunological Resistance to Parasites
Morphological and Physiological Effects of Infection
Behavioural Effects of Infections
Fitness Consequences of Infections in Natural Populations

10. The Use of the Stickleback as a Sentinel and Model Species in Ecotoxicology, I. Katsiadaki
The Ideal Model and Sentinel Species?
Environmental Sentinel
Endocrine Disruption in the Environment

11. The Biology of Other Sticklebacks, S. Östlund-Nilsson and I. Mayer
The 15-Spined Stickleback, Spinachia spinachia
The Black-Spotted Stickleback, Gasterosteus wheatlandi
The Nine-Spined Stickleback, Pungitius pungitius
The Brook Stickleback, Culaea inconstans
The Four-Spined Stickleback, Apeltes quadracus
Evolution of Sticklebacks: Further Evidence of a Marine Ancestor

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