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The Evolutionary Biology of the Threespine Stickleback : Oxford Science Publications - Michael A Bell

The Evolutionary Biology of the Threespine Stickleback

Oxford Science Publications

Hardcover Published: 31st March 1994
ISBN: 9780198577287
Number Of Pages: 584

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The threespine stickleback is a small fish of temperate coastal and fresh waters that exhibits extraordinary phenotypic diversity. Benefiting from its amenability to observation in the field and manipulation in the laboratory, Niko Tinbergen pioneered the threespine stickleback's use in behavioral studies and established it as a model system in ethology. This up-to-date volume incorporates reviews from active researchers who use studies of the fish to address a broad variety of evolutionary issues, including optimal foraging, armor variation, speciation, and the endocrine basis for correlated behavioral characters. The work demonstrates the value of viewing the biology of a single organism simultaneously from multiple perspectives. Students and researchers in ecology, evolution, animal behavior, and vertebrate zoology will find much of interest in this useful book.

Industry Reviews

"This book is one of the best-edited books it has been my pleasure to read. Students who study it will find an abundance of unanswered questions, with easy access to the literature that leads to those questions. Bell and Foster have provided the scientific community with a springboard for further research. They have helped make the stickleback a model system for research in evolutionary biology." --George W. Barlow, Quarterly Review of Biology

"We are very impressed with the book overall. Without question, it is an essential possession for any stickleback biologist." -- Copeia

"I do not have the space to identify the many highlights of this excellent book, but cannot conclude without saying that the editors are to be congratulated for producing a volume in which the writing is of a uniformly high standard and where the sections are well-integrated and cross-referenced. I recommend it not only to stickleback enthusiasts but also to anyone who enjoys the intellectual challenge of solving the enigmas of the evolutionary process." --Anne Magurran Trends in Ecology and Evolution

"Variation among threespine-stickleback populations is nicely introduced by Bell and Foster in their introductory chapter to this book, and they use this chapter to provide a useful overview of stickleback biology." --Science

"The Editors set out to develop a publication that would combine the consistency and coverage of a single-author book with the depth of knowledge and critical judgement that specialists could bring to their subjects. To their credit the editors succeeded admirably. The result is an excellent compendium of knowledge about a popular research organism. The format is attractive and the pen-and-ink illustrations are of high quality. Recommended for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students and their faculty." --Science and Technology

"The underlying aim is to review the evolutionary history and adaptiveness of biological traits and structural features of the three-spined stickleback, but original research is described in several chapters. The contents deal with a number of major topics in the adaptive profile of the species, and basic issues are summarized in a good introduction by the editors.... Apart from being a useful contribution to the evolutionary literature in general, the wider value of this very comprehensive book for fish biologists is that it draws attention to the high degree of diversity and variation which might be found in a species once this is subjected to intensive study." --Journal of Fish Biology

"To find this book on my desl was a great surprise, but as it soon appeared a pleasant one. Though I knew it was coming, I had not expected this size (565 pages!) and this exhaustive, profound treatment of the subject....I have no doubt that for years to come, this book will be a source of information and inspiration. Both inside and outside the layout is serious, but pleasant. The book has a solid appearance, and quite in accordance with its contents, looks respectable." --Fish Biology and Fisheries

"Thoroughly cross-referenced volume with a minimum of duplication. This is certainly much more than a "stickleback book," because it tackles issues, if not examples, of broad interest to evolutionary ecologists."--John D. Reynolds

"The editors succeeded admirably. The result is an excellent compendium of knowledge about a popular research organism. The format is attractive and the pen-and-ink illustrations are of high quality."--Choice

"This book is important because of its exhaustive coverage of virtually every aspect of the biology of a well-studied species." --Ecology

Introduction to the Evolutionary Biology of the Threespine Stickleback
Systematics and Morphology of the Gasterosteiformes
Allozyme Variation of the Gasterosteus aculeatus Complex
Physiological Ecology and Evolution
Energy Allocation
Life History Variation in Females
Ecology on the Breeding Grounds
Evolution of Foraging Behavior
Predators and Morphological Evolution
Adaptive Variation in Antipredator Behavior
Proximate Determinants of Stickleback Behavior
Evolution of Aggressive Behavior
Evolution of Reproductive Behavior
Speciation and the Evolution of Reproductive Isolation in the Sticklebacks of South-western British Columbia
Palaeobiology and Evolution
Evolutionary Inference: The Value of Viewing Evolution through Stickleback-tinted Glasses
Author Index
Subject Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780198577287
ISBN-10: 0198577281
Series: Oxford Science Publications
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 584
Published: 31st March 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.1