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Volume 17, July 2016

Comparison of freshwater tolerance during spawning migration between two sympatric Japanese marine threespine stickleback species.
Asano Ishikawa, Makoto Kusakabe, Manabu Kume & Jun Kitano — 2016(4) (
Keywords: hormones, osmoregulation, physiology, prolactin, stickleback

A fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) protocol for stickleback tissue.
Noelle James, Xiaochen Liu & Alison Bell — 2016(4) (
Keywords: fluorescence in situ hybridization, fluorescence methods, Gasterosteus aculeatus, gene expression, gene localization, in situ hybridization, RNA, threespine stickleback

The relative roles of genes and rearing environment on the spatial cognitive ability of two sympatric species of threespine stickleback .
Jonatan Martinez, Jason Keagy, Benjamin Wurst, William Fetzner & Janette W. Boughman — 2016(4) (
Keywords: cognitive evolution, common garden, genetic basis, phenotypic plasticity, spatial learning, threespine stickleback

Olfactory perception of mates in ecologically divergent sticklebacks: population parallels and differences.
Robert B. Mobley, Marquita L. Tillotson & Janette W. Boughman — 2016(4) (
Keywords: Gasterosteus aculeatus, mate choice, olfaction, parallel evolution, threespine stickleback

Trophic niche differentiation and phenotypic divergence among cryptic species of Japanese ninespine stickleback .
Mark Ravinet, Asano Ishikawa & Jun Kitano — 2016(4) (
Keywords: diet, ecological speciation, exchangeability analysis, resource, sexual dimorphism, stickleback

Sex matters for defense and trophic traits of threespine stickleback.
T. E. Reimchen, D. Steeves & C. A. Bergstrom — 2016(4) (
Keywords: adaptive variation, diversifying selection, Gasterosteus, Haida Gwaii, niche width, sexual dimorphism

Prolonged swimming performance within the threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) adaptive radiation and the effect of dietary restriction.
Miguel L. Reyes & John A. Baker — 2016(4) (
Keywords: ecotype variation, Gasterosteus aculeatus, nutrient deprivation, swimming stamina, threespine stickleback

Overripening of eggs and changes in reproductive hormones in the three-spined stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus.
Chrysoula Roufidou, Marion Sebire, Ioanna Katsiadaki, Arshi Mustafa, Monika Schmitz, Ian Mayer, Yi Ta Shao & Bertil Borg — 2016(4) (
Keywords: testosterone, estradiol, 17,20β-dihydroxypregn-4-en-3-one, 17,20β,21-trihydroxypregn-4-en-3-one, fsh-β, lh-β, gnrh2, gnrh3, kiss2, gpr54, ovulation, spawning, overripe, reproduction, stickleback, teleosts

The ninespine stickleback as a model organism in arctic ecotoxicology.
Frank A. von Hippel, E. Jamie Trammell, Juha Merilä Matthew B. Sanders, Tamar Schwarz, John H. Postlethwait, Tom A. Titus, C. Loren Buck & Ioanna Katsiadaki — 2016(3) (
Keywords: biomonitoring, endocrine disruption, Gasterosteus aculeatus, Pungitius pungitius, sentinel species, stickleback, vitellogenin

Volume 17, May 2016

Evolutionary diversification of body form and the axial skeleton in the Gasterosteoidei — the sticklebacks and their closest relatives.
Windsor E. Aguirre, Seth E. Contreras, Katelyn M. Carlson, Alex J. Jagla, & Lissette Arellano — 2016(3) (
Keywords: adaptation, body shape, evolution, Gasterosteidae, geometric morphometrics, pleomerism, vertebrae

Long-term changes in the role of threespine stickleback Gasterosteus aculeatus in the White Sea: predatory fish consumption reflects fluctuating stickleback abundance during the last century.
Bakhvalova A.E., Ivanova T.S., Ivanov M.V., Demchuk A.S., Movchan E.A. & Lajus D.L. — 2016(3) (
Keywords: Atlantic cod, Eleginus nawaga, European sculpin, Gadus morhua, Gasterosteus aculeatus, long-term changes, Myoxocephalus scorpius, predation, saffron cod, threespine stickleback, White Sea

Evolution of stress reactivity in stickleback.
Carole Di Poi, Jennyfer Lacasse, Sean M. Rogers & Nadia Aubin-Horth — 2016(3) (
Keywords: evolution, Gasterosteus aculeatus, natural selection, standing genetic variation, stress reactivity, threespine stickleback, ventilation rate

Habitat choice and female preference in a polymorphic stickleback population.
Anna F. Feller, Ole Seehausen, Kay Lucek & David A. Marques — 2016(3) (
Keywords: behavioural mate choice, colour polymorphism, Gasterosteus aculeatus, sympatric divergence, threespine stickleback

Consumptive and non-consumptive effects of predation by introduced northern pike on life-history traits in threespine stickleback .
David C. Heins, Helen Knoper & John A. Baker — 2016(3) (
Keywords: food limitation, invasive species, nutrient deprivation, physiological stress, predation risk, reproduction, threespine stickleback.

The White Sea threespine stickleback population: spawning habitats, mortality, abundance.
Ivanova T.S., Ivanov M.V., Golovin P.V., Polyakova N.V. & Lajus D.L. — 2016(3) (
Keywords: abundance, distribution, Gasterosteus aculeatus, habitats, mortality, threespine stickleback, White Sea

Coarse- and fine-grained phenotypic divergence among threespine stickleback from alternating lake and stream habitats.
Rebecca Izen, Yoel E. Stuart, Yuexin Jiang & Daniel I. Bolnick — 2016(3) (
Keywords: cline, Gasterosteus aculeatus, habitat preference, matching habitat choice, microgeographic variation, threespine stickleback

Dynamics of parasite community during early ontogenesis of marine threespine stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus.
E.V. Rybkina, A.S. Demchuk, D.L. Lajus, T.S. Ivanova, M.V. Ivanov & K.V. Galaktionov — 2016(3) (
Keywords: Gasterosteus aculeatus, juveniles, parasites, threespine stickleback, White Sea

Male red throat coloration, pelvic spine coloration, and courtship behaviours in threespine stickleback.
Daniel Shane Wright, Lengxob Yong, Michele E.R. Pierotti, & Jeffrey S. McKinnon — 2016(3) (
Keywords: aggression, colour, Gasterosteus aculeatus, 11-ketotestosterone, pelvic spine, threespine stickleback

Volume 17, March 2016

No evidence of sex reversal by means of experimentally altered sex ratios in threespine stickleback.
Theo C. M. Bakker — 2016(2) (
Keywords: Gasterosteus aculeatus, male removal, sex determination, sex ratio, social cues, threespine stickleback.

Reintroduction of threespine stickleback into Cheney and Scout Lakes, Alaska.
Michael A. Bell, David C. Heins, Matthew A. Wund, Frank A. von Hippel, Robert Massengil, Kristine Dunker, Glenn A. Bristow & Windsor E. Aguirre — 2016(2) (
Keywords: adaptive radiation, Cheney Lake, colonizing species, contemporary evolution, experimental evolution, Gasterosteus aculeatus, parasite, Schistocephalus solidus, Scout Lake, threespine stickleback.

Knights in shining armour are not necessarily bold: Defensive morphology correlates negatively with boldness, but positively with activity, in wild three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus).
Gunnar De Winter, Henrique Ramalho Martins, Rafael Arnoni Trovo & Ben B. Chapman — 2016(2) (
Keywords: activity, armour, behaviour, boldness, exploration, Gasterosteus aculeatus, threespine stickleback.

Osmoregulatory physiology and rapid evolution of salinity tolerance in threespine stickleback recently introduced to fresh water.
Jeffrey N. Divino, Michelle Y. Monette, Stephen D. McCormick, Paul H. Yancey, Kyle G. Flannery, Michael A. Bell, Jennifer L. Rollins, Frank A. von Hippel & Eric T. Schultz — 2016(2) (
Keywords: comparative physiology, directional selection, free amino acid, ion balance, osmoregulatory divergence, plasticity, threespine stickleback.

Selective agents in the adaptive radiation of Hebridean sticklebacks.
Tom Klepaker, Kjartan Østbye, Rowena Spence, Mirosław Przybylski, Mark Warren & Carl Smith — 2016(2) (
Keywords: adaptation, ion concentration, natural selection, phenotypic adaptation, Scottish Galapagos, selective landscape, stickleback, trout predation.

Shifts in life-history traits of two introduced populations of threespine stickleback.
Meredith L. Kurz, David C. Heins, Michael A. Bell & Frank A. von Hippel — 2016(2) (
Keywords: clutch mass, clutch size, egg mass, Gasterosteus aculeatus, reproduction, reproductive effort, threespine stickleback.

Parallelism and divergence in immune responses: a comparison of expression levels in two lakes.
Shaun Robertson, Janette E. Bradley & Andrew D.C. MacColl — 2016(2) (
Keywords: Gasterosteus aculeatus, gene expression, host–pathogen interactions, immunoecology, Schistocephalus solidus, threespine stickleback, wild immunology.

Morphological evolution of an anadromous threespine stickleback population within one generation after reintroduction to Cheney Lake, Alaska.
Matthew A. Wund, Omi D. Singh, Ashley Geiselman & Michael A. Bell — 2016(2) (
Keywords: common garden, contemporary evolution, Gasterosteus aculeatus, geometric morphometrics, morphology, phenotypic plasticity, threespine stickleback.