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Balancing past and present: how experience influences boldness over time in Eurasian perch

Hellström, Gustav and Magnhagen, Carin (2017). Balancing past and present: how experience influences boldness over time in Eurasian perch. Current Zoology. 63 :2 , 159-164
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cz/zow043


Adapting to fluctuating predation conditions is a challenge for prey. By learning through experience, animals may adjust their anti-predator behavior to better reflect current predation risk. Although many studies show experience of predation to alter prey behavior, little is known about how prey rely on such experience over time. By comparing boldness over different temporal scales between individuals of Eurasian perch, either experienced or naive of predators, we examine how risk is traded based on past and present experience. Differences in predator exposure during the first year of life were found to lead to differences in risk-taking behavior, even after the perch been kept in a predator-free environment for 9 months. However, the response to a potential predator was quickly readjusted after increased experience of current conditions. The results highlight how prey have to balance past experiences of predators against current threat levels.

Authors/Creators:Hellström, Gustav and Magnhagen, Carin
Title:Balancing past and present: how experience influences boldness over time in Eurasian perch
Series Name/Journal:Current Zoology
Year of publishing :2017
Page range:159-164
Number of Pages:6
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:P Natural resources > P01 Nature conservation and land resources
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Zoology
Keywords:behavior, fish, learning, personality, predation, risk-taking
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Web of Science (WoS)000401273400005
ID Code:14390
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
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Deposited On:12 Jun 2017 06:38
Metadata Last Modified:16 Dec 2018 00:31

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