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Consistent behavioural traits and behavioural syndromes in pairs of the false clown anemonefish Amphiprion ocellaris

Wong, M.Y.L.; Medina, A.; Uppaluri, C.; Arnold, S.; Seymour, J.R.; Buston, P.M.

Journal of Fish Biology 83(1): 207-213

2013


ISSN/ISBN: 1095-8649
PMID: 23808701
DOI: 10.1111/jfb.12133
Accession: 036922092

Using the social clown anemonefish Amphiprion ocellaris, whether individuals exhibited consistency in activity levels, boldness and sociability in a paired context, and whether these three behavioural traits were positively correlated within a single behavioural syndrome, was investigated. The results highlight that consistent individual differences in behaviour are expressed in a social fish and suggest that consistent behavioural traits and behavioural syndromes could influence the structure and functioning of their societies.

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