A four-questions perspective on public information use in sticklebacks (Gasterosteidae)

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Webster , M M , Chouinard-Thuly , L , Herczeg , G , Kitano , J , Riley , R , Rogers , S , Shapiro , M D , Shikano , T & Laland , K N 2019 , ' A four-questions perspective on public information use in sticklebacks (Gasterosteidae) ' , Royal Society Open Science , vol. 6 , no. 2 , 181735 . https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.181735

Title: A four-questions perspective on public information use in sticklebacks (Gasterosteidae)
Author: Webster, Mike M.; Chouinard-Thuly, Laura; Herczeg, Gabor; Kitano, Jun; Riley, Riva; Rogers, Sean; Shapiro, Michael D.; Shikano, Takahito; Laland, Kevin N.
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Helsinki, Biosciences

Date: 2019-02
Language: eng
Number of pages: 24
Belongs to series: Royal Society Open Science
ISSN: 2054-5703
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.181735
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/304070
Abstract: Whether learning primarily reflects general processes or species-specific challenges is a long-standing matter of dispute. Here, we present a comprehensive analysis of public information use (PI-use) in sticklebacks (Gasterosteidae). PI-use is a form of social learning by which animals are able to assess the relative quality of resources, here prey patches, by observing the behaviour of others. PI-use was highly specific with only Pungitius and their closest relative Culaea inconstans showing evidence of PI-use. We saw no effects of ontogenetic experience upon PI-use in Pungitius pungitius. Experiments with live demonstrators and animated fish revealed that heightened activity and feeding strikes by foraging conspecifics are important cues in the transmission of PI. Finally, PI-use was the only form of learning in which P. pungitius and another stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus differed. PI-use in sticklebacks is species-specific and may represent an 'ecological specialization' for social foraging. Whether this reflects selection on perception, attentional or cognitive processes remains to be determined.
Subject: social learning
social information
foraging
cognition
9-SPINED STICKLEBACK
SPATIAL MEMORY
EXPERIENCE
EVOLUTION
BEHAVIOR
FISH
STRATEGIES
PUNGITIUS
TIT
1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
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