Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Animal Innovation$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Simon M. Reader and Kevin N. Laland

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198526223

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198526223.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 01 December 2020

Experimental Studies of Innovation in the Guppy

Experimental Studies of Innovation in the Guppy

(p.155) Chapter 7 Experimental Studies of Innovation in the Guppy
Animal Innovation

Kevin N. Laland

Yfke Van Bergen

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the results of a comprehensive laboratory experimental investigation into innovation and social learning in the guppy (Poecilia reticulata), a small tropical freshwater fish endemic to South America and the Lesser Antilles. These experiments have clearly demonstrated that guppies are capable of social learning that novel-learned foraging behaviour can diffuse through a population and that social learning processes can mediate behavioural traditions. Variation in novel problem solving is best accounted for by state-dependent factors, such as sex, size, competitive ability, and hunger level. This chapter conclusively suggests that the explanatory hypotheses derived to account for individual differences in innovation in the guppy also explain variation in innovative behaviour in primates and other species. Experimental approaches to innovation, such as those described in this chapter, are a fruitful avenue for future research.

Keywords:   innovation, social learning, guppy, Poecilia reticulata, novel, problem solving, behaviour, primates

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .