Social recognition and social attraction in group-living fishes
MetadataShow full item record
Social aggregation is a widespread and important phenomenon among fishes. Understanding the questions of why and how aggregations form and are subsequently maintained is a central goal for behavioral ecologists. Research in this field has shown that aggregations are typically structured, non-random associations. This indicates that fish are able to differentiate between potential group-mates and that this ability mediates their association preferences, and, ultimately, the composition of their groups. In this review, we examine the characteristics that influence the expression of social attraction among fishes, before going on to describe the recognition mechanisms that underpin social attraction. Finally, we highlight a number of outstanding questions in the field with a view to generating a more complete understanding of social aggregation in fishes.
Ward , A J W , Kent , M I A & Webster , M M 2020 , ' Social recognition and social attraction in group-living fishes ' , Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution , vol. 8 , 15 . https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2020.00015
Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Copyright © 2020 Ward, Kent and Webster. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
DescriptionThis work was supported by a grant from the Australian Research Council, Discovery Project DP190100660, focusing on the social behavior of animals.
Items in the St Andrews Research Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.