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Data from: An experimental test of the effect of predation upon behaviour and trait correlations in threespine stickleback Miller, Sara E.; Samuk, Kieran M.; Rennison, Diana J.


Benthic and limnetic threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) are a classic example of ecological speciation. Behavioural and armour divergence between these species has been predicted to be the result of divergent selection driven in part by differential predation from cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki). To experimentally test this prediction, we reared split families of benthic–limnetic hybrids in the presence or absence of trout predation. Our results show that the presence of trout had little effect upon stickleback behaviour. We then compared performance in behavioural assays among stickleback that varied in armour to test if armour morphology correlates with behaviour. Our measurements revealed trait correlations between several behaviours and components of armour morphology. Trout predation did not result in an increased correlation between traits, therefore differential trout predation between benthics and limnetics is unlikely to be the cause of these correlations. The presence of trait correlations in advanced generation hybrids suggests that pleiotropy or linkage between genes underlying behaviour and armour morphology may be greater than previously appreciated.; Usage notes
Behavioral and morphological measurementsMeasurements of behavioral traits and morphological characteristics of threespine stickleback from a pond selection experiment. Descriptions of the variable names are given in the READ ME file.BJLS_data_byfish.csv

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