Multiple Facets of Exploratory Behavior in House Crickets (Acheta domesticus): Split Personalities or Simply Different Behaviors?
Article first published online: 11 AUG 2014
© 2014 Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Volume 120, Issue 11, pages 1110–1117, November 2014
How to Cite
Dochtermann, N. A., Nelson, A. B. (2014), Multiple Facets of Exploratory Behavior in House Crickets (Acheta domesticus): Split Personalities or Simply Different Behaviors?. Ethology, 120: 1110–1117. doi: 10.1111/eth.12284
- Issue published online: 1 OCT 2014
- Article first published online: 11 AUG 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 25 JUN 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 31 MAY 2014
- Manuscript Received: 10 FEB 2014
- behavioral syndrome;
- exploratory behavior
Behavioral ecologists are increasingly interested in patterns of repeatable variation in behaviors. The study of this variation, under the label ‘animal personality’, frequently makes assumptions both in regards to what the ecological significance of particular behavioral responses might be and whether different methodologies in fact test the same behavior. Here, using house crickets (Acheta domesticus), we tested whether stereotypical approaches to quantifying repeatable variation in exploratory behavior measured the same behaviors. We found that house cricket exploratory behavior was highly repeatable in two populations (repeatability: 0.37–0.51). However, exploratory behavior across two different testing methods was not strongly correlated (r = −0.17 to 0.14). This suggests that either different behaviors or distinct components of exploratory behavior were being measured. Our results also support recent criticisms that care needs to be taken in describing personality traits.