A comparison of nest building by three-spined sticklebacks Gasterosteus aculeatus from still and flowing waters

Authors

  • B. J. Rushbrook,

    1. * Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth SY23 3DA, U.K. and Department of Biology, Adrian Building, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, U.K.
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  • I. Barber

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    1. * Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth SY23 3DA, U.K. and Department of Biology, Adrian Building, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, U.K.
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Abstract

The composition of nests, built under standardized, static laboratory conditions by male three-spined sticklebacks Gasterosteus aculeatus from two rivers and two lakes in mid-Wales (U.K.) was quantified. After transfer to nesting tanks, fish from the rivers began building nests more quickly than fish from the lakes. The number of threads used in nest construction and the mass of substrate deposited co-varied, but there were no consistent population- or habitat-related differences in the aspects of nest composition.

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