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Cain and Abel reloaded? Kin recognition and male–male aggression in three-spined sticklebacks Gasterosteus aculeatus L.

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Abstract:

The influence of relatedness on male–male aggression was tested in three-spined sticklebacks Gasterosteus aculeatus. The intensity of aggression against brothers and non-kin males did not differ significantly, indicating that kin recognition plays at most a minor role in aggressive interactions between male G. aculeatus.

Keywords: familiarity; fish; intrasexual interactions

Document Type: Regular Paper

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2009.02407.x

Affiliations: Institute for Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, University of Bonn, An der Immenburg 1, 53121 Bonn, Germany

Publication date: November 1, 2009

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