494 Book reviews considers the possible consequences at the population and community level of the behavioural ¯exibility shown by individual ®sh. The chapter also emphasizes themes that recur throughout the volume, the importance of size-dependent processes and the associated ontogenetic niche shifts in the ecology of ®shes. There is variation in the quality of the chapters, but the overall aim of the book is achieved. Senior undergraduates and postgraduates will ®nd valuable, critical reviews. The suggestions for future research will appeal to all seeking research projects for students. Behavioural Ecology of Teleost Fishes does point up a weakness in the current programme of behavioural ecology. Few of the experimental or ®eld studies have suf®cient time spans to demonstrate that individual variations in behaviour do have consequences for the components of ®tness, especially reproductive success. Given the importance of understanding the factors that govern demographic processes in ®shes, there is an urgent need to demonstrate the links between individual behaviour and population consequences that most who study the subject believe exist. The long-term study of brown trout (Elliott, 1994), with its analyses of the consequences of territoriality, points the way. References Elliott, J.M. (1994) Quantitative Ecology and the Brown Trout.
Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 6, 2004
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