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Chemical Ecology in Aquatic Systems$
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Christer Brönmark and Lars-Anders Hansson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583096

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199583096.001.0001

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Chemical signals and kin biased behaviour

Chemical signals and kin biased behaviour

(p.57) Chapter 4 Chemical signals and kin biased behaviour
Chemical Ecology in Aquatic Systems

Gabriele Gerlach

Cornelia Hinz

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains the theoretical selective advantage and evolution of the chemical cues' influence on social interactions in groups, establishment of mating pairs, and the relationship between parents and offspring; and the different mechanisms of kin recognition. It shows how common kin-structured associations are in different aquatic taxa. It considers the model organisms to explain the importance of chemical cues for recognition and chemical communication. It shows evidence that shoals, groups, and colonies of aquatic organisms often do not consist of a random mix of conspecifics but rather of more or less related individuals that stay together and colonize the same habitat.

Keywords:   chemical cues, kin-biased behaviour, kin recognition, kin-structured associations, aquatic taxa, chemical communication

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