Does relatedness influence migratory timing and behaviour in Atlantic salmon smolts?

Abstract 0003-3472/ Crown Copyright © 2015 Published on beh NC-ND license ( Aggregating and moving with relatives may enable animals to increase opportunities for kin selection to occur. To gain group-living benefits, animals must coordinate their behaviour. Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar, demonstrate both territoriality and schooling: the two key social behaviours performed by fish. In this investigation we compared the migratory timing and behaviour of six distinct full-sibling groups of tagged S. salar smolts with a large control sample from the same wild population. The results clearly demonstrate that the incidence of schooling and diel migratory timing is not significantly influenced by relatedness, and this adds further support to the hypothesis that S. salar smolt migration is primarily an adaptive response to environmental conditions, rather than a behaviour based solely on genetics or kinbiased behaviour. Used in conjunction with the results of two previous investigations, this is the first study to illustrate that kin discrimination among full-sibling groups of parr does not lead to kin-biased schooling in smolts. Thus, even within the same full-sibling groups, the extent of kin-biased behaviour in fish can both differ within a life history stage under varying ecological conditions and shift from one life history stage to the next. Crown Copyright © 2015 Published on behalf of The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license ( licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).

DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.06.006

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@article{Fernandes2015DoesRI, title={Does relatedness influence migratory timing and behaviour in Atlantic salmon smolts?}, author={Wendy P.A. Fernandes and Anton T. Ibbotson and Si{\^a}n W. Griffiths and David L. Maxwell and Phillip I. Davison and William D. Riley}, journal={Animal Behaviour}, year={2015}, volume={106}, pages={191-199} }