Imprecise naming: The anadromous and the sea spawning threespine stickleback should be discriminated by names.

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    Abstract

    Two ecological forms of the threespine stickleback Gasterosteus aculeatus - a strictly marine form and an anadromous form - are often merged in the literature as a single "marine" form. Because we know virtually nothing of the life style of the two oceanic ecotypes in the sea and consequently nothing on reproductive isolation and gene flow I argue for a precise use of the ecological terms "marine" and "anadromous" for these two ecotypes. These terms should be self-describing. The frequent use of terms incorrectly describing intraspecific variation and life style of ecotypes can bias studies on community composition and interactions of populations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)389-392
    Number of pages4
    JournalBiologia
    Volume73
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018

    Austrian Fields of Science 2012

    • 106047 Animal ecology
    • 106054 Zoology
    • 106043 Systematic zoology

    Keywords

    • 3-SPINED STICKLEBACKS
    • ADAPTIVE RADIATION
    • ANCESTRAL PLASTICITY
    • Anadromous
    • EVOLUTION
    • Ecotypes
    • FRESH-WATER
    • GASTEROSTEUS-ACULEATUS
    • GENETIC-DIVERGENCE
    • Gasterosteus aculeatus
    • LIFE-HISTORY
    • Marine
    • POPULATION
    • STREAM STICKLEBACK
    • Threespine stickleback

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