Shy-bold continuum in pumpkinseed sunfish (Lepomis gibbosus): an ecological study of a psychological trait

D. S. Wilson, K. Coleman, A. B. Clark, L. Biederman

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Abstract

A shy-bold continuum, which influences diet, predator risk, and parasite fauna, exists in juvenile pumpkinseed. Individual differences are relatively stable in nature but seem to disappear when the fish are held in social and ecological isolation in the laboratory. Thus, phenotypic stability may not reflect innate tendencies to be shy or bold but rather environmental conditions that maintain differences between phenotypically plastic individuals. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-260
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Comparative Psychology
Volume107
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)

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