Nutritional benefits of filial cannibalism in three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus)

@article{Mehlis2008NutritionalBO,
  title={Nutritional benefits of filial cannibalism in three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus)},
  author={M. Mehlis and T. Bakker and J. G. Frommen},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2008},
  volume={96},
  pages={399-403}
}
Although filial cannibalism (eating one’s own offspring) occurs in numerous species, including several teleost fishes, its adaptive value is still not well understood. One often-discussed explanation is that individuals enhance their mass and body condition by consuming part of their eggs. However, evidence for this assumption is scarce thus far. In this study, male three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus), a species with paternal care, were allowed to care for a batch of eggs or for… Expand
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