Structural manipulations of a shelter resource reveal underlying preference functions in a shell-dwelling cichlid fish

Aneesh Bose, Johannes Windorfer, Alex Böhm, Fabrizia Ronco, Adrian Indermaur, Walter Salzburger & Alex Jordan
Many animals can modify the environments in which they live, thereby changing the selection pressures they experience. A common example of such niche-construction is the use, creation, or modification of environmental resources for use as nests or shelters. Because these resources often have correlated structural elements, it can be difficult to disentangle the relative contribution of these elements to resource choice, and the preference functions underlying niche-construction behaviour remain hidden. Here, we present an experimental...
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