Nests as ornaments: revealing construction by male sticklebacks

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dc.contributor.author Barber, Iain
dc.contributor.author Nairn, David
dc.contributor.author Huntingford, Felicity A.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-11T12:04:15Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-11T12:04:15Z
dc.date.issued 2001-07
dc.identifier.citation Barber , I , Nairn , D & Huntingford , F A 2001 , ' Nests as ornaments: revealing construction by male sticklebacks ' Behavioral Ecology , vol 12 , no. 4 , pp. 390-396 . en
dc.identifier.issn 1465-7279
dc.identifier.other PURE: 127830
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/3499
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/3499
dc.identifier.uri http://beheco.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/12/4/390 en
dc.description Barber, I., Nairn, D., Huntingford, F. A. (2001). Nests as ornaments: revealing construction by male sticklebacks.   Behavioural Ecology, 12, (4), 390-396. Sponsorship: UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) grant (GR3/10349). en
dc.description.abstract Nests are built by animals from a variety of taxa, and serve as receptacles for eggs and developing offspring. Where nests are built solely or mainly by one sex, they also have the potential to serve as extended ornaments, because aspects of construction potentially reveal or amplify characteristics of the builder to prospective mates. Here, we develop novel indices to quantify nest structure and examine variation in temporal and structural aspects of nest construction in relation to morphological, immunological, and physiological traits in male three-spined sticklebacks, Gasterosteus aculeatus. Wild-caught male sticklebacks that began construction within 3 days of being transferred to the laboratory built 'neater' nests than fish that took longer to start, and we present alternative testable hypotheses that could explain this pattern. Various characteristics of nest-building males correlated with nest structure. The relative weight of the building male's kidney—which secretes a glue-like protein used in nest building and whose development is androgen-dependent—correlated positively with nest 'neatness.' We also found males with enlarged spleens (an indicator of immune stress) to construct less 'compact' nests. The structure of a nest may therefore be important not only in determining its functional capacity, but may also act as a quality-revealing ornament. We suggest that females may gain valuable information regarding male health status and androgen levels from nest inspection. en
dc.format.extent 7 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Behavioral Ecology en
dc.subject carotenoids en
dc.subject fish en
dc.subject Gasterosteus aculeatus en
dc.subject nest architecture en
dc.subject nest building en
dc.subject nest construction en
dc.subject nest quality en
dc.subject Pisces en
dc.subject sexual selection en
dc.subject sticklebacks en
dc.title Nests as ornaments: revealing construction by male sticklebacks en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/beheco/12.4.390
dc.contributor.institution Aberystwyth University en
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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