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Paternal personality and social status influence offspring activity in zebrafish

Zajitschek, S, Herbert-Read, JE, Abbasi, NM, Zajitschek, F and Immler, S (2017) Paternal personality and social status influence offspring activity in zebrafish. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 17. ISSN 1471-2148

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Evidence for the transmission of non-genetic information from father to offspring is rapidly accumulating. While the impact of chemical and physical factors such as toxins or diet on the fitness of the parents and their offspring have been studied extensively, the importance of behavioural and social circumstances has only recently been recognised. Behavioural traits such as personality characteristics can be relatively stable, and partly comprise a genetic component but we know little about the non-genetic transmission of plastic behavioural traits from parents to offspring. We investigated the relative effect of personality and of social dominance as indicators at the opposite ends of the plasticity range on offspring behaviour in the zebrafish (Danio rerio). We assessed male boldness, a behavioural trait that has previously been shown previously to possess genetic underpinnings, and experimentally manipulated male social status to assess the association between the two types of behaviour and their correlation with offspring activity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0603 Evolutionary Biology, 0604 Genetics
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (from Sep 19)
Publisher: BioMed Central
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Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2020 11:30
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 07:37
DOI or ID number: 10.1186/s12862-017-1005-0
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12563
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