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Transgenerational predator recognition through parental effects

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Title
Transgenerational predator recognition through parental effects
Type
Dataset
Date Record Created
2019-04-05
Date Record Modified
2019-04-11
Language
English
Coverage
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Geospatial Location
  • Experiments conducted at James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Description
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  1. Type: full

    Data for research demonstrating transgenerational recognition of a specific predator in a coral reef damselfish.

    Abstract [Related Publication]: 1. In highly biodiverse systems, such as coral reefs, prey species are faced with predatory threats from numerous species. Recognition of predators can be innate, or learned, and can help increase the chance of survival. 

    2. Research suggests that parental exposure to increased predatory threats can affect the development, behaviour, and ultimately, success of their offspring. 

    3. Breeding pairs of damselfish (Acanthochromis polyacanthus) were subjected to one of three olfactory and visual treatments (predator, herbivore, or control), and their developing embryos were subsequently exposed to five different chemosensory cues. 

    4. Analyses of embryonic heart rates showed that predator-treated parents passed down relevant threat information to their offspring, through parental effects. 

    5. This is the first time transgenerational recognition of a specific predator has been confirmed in any species. This phenomenon could influence predator-induced mortality rates and enable populations to adaptively respond to fluctuations in predator composition and environmental changes. 

     

  2. Type: note

    This dataset is available as a spreadsheet in both MS Excel (.xlsx) and Open Document (.ods) formats.

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  1. Managed by: Dr Jennifer Atherton , jennifer.atherton1@jcu.edu.au , Marine Biology & Aquaculture
Primary Contact
Dr Jennifer Atherton, jennifer.atherton1@jcu.edu.au
Supervisors
  1. Prof Mark McCormick , mark.mccormick@jcu.edu.au
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Subject
Fields of Research
  1. 060201 - Behavioural Ecology (060201)
Socio-Economic Objective
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Keywords
  1. antipredator behaviour
  2. damselfish
  3. embryos
  4. olfaction
  5. parental effects
  6. predator recognition
  7. alarm odours
  8. ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
Research Activity
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Research Themes
Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
Rights
License
CC BY-NC 4.0: Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 International
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Access Rights/Conditions
Open access. If the data is not freely accessible via the link provided, please contact the nominated data manager or researchdata@jcu.edu.au for assistance.
Type
open
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Data
Data Location
Online Locations
Attachments
  1. Data.xlsx (Storage Attachments, Public)
Stored At
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Citation
Cite:
Atherton, J. (2019): Transgenerational predator recognition through parental effects. James Cook University. (dataset). http://dx.doi.org/10.25903/5caebe17a0ddc
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
10.25903/5caebe17a0ddc