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Evolutionary Ecology: The Trinidadian Guppy

Anne E. Magurran


This book explores the Trinidadian guppy's unique contributions to evolutionary ecology. Ever since Caryl Haskins — working in the 1940s and 1950s — described guppy populations as a natural laboratory because of the way predation pressure varies over a small geographical area, generations of researchers have been drawn to Trinidad to investigate evolution in the wild. The species continues to provide classic examples of natural selection in action, and elegantly illustrates how ecology, evolution, and behaviour are interlinked. This account of the evolutionary ecology of the guppy integrates h ... More

Keywords: natural selection, evolution, freshwater fish, tropical ecology, predation risk, sexual selection, reproductive isolation, Trinidad

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198527855
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198527855.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne E. Magurran, author
Professor of Ecology & Evolution, University of St Andrews, UK