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    Description of a personality syndrome in a common and invasive ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae)

    Labaude, Sophie and O'Donnell, Niamh and Griffin, Christine (2018) Description of a personality syndrome in a common and invasive ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Scientific Reports, 8 (17479). ISSN 2045-2322

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    Animal personality, defned as consistent diferences among individuals in their behaviour, is being increasingly studied as it might lead to a new understanding of the evolution of behaviours. Despite a clear interest in studying personality in a wide range of taxa for comparative analyses, studies on invertebrates are still scarce. Here, we investigated the personality of a ground beetle, Nebria brevicollis, which is widespread in Europe and invasive in North America. We measured seven behavioural traits from an array of three diferent tests: (i) activity and exploration related traits; (ii) reaction to a threat, and (iii) phototaxis. The repeatability was tested by measuring all behaviours twice, on diferent days. All behavioural traits were consistent through time, highlighting the presence of personality in the beetle. In addition, we analysed the relationship between the diferent traits and highlighted two clusters of behaviours (behavioural syndrome), one grouping activity, exploration and boldness traits, and a second one consisting of responses to a threat. This study is the frst to our knowledge to provide evidence for personality dimensions within the vast group of the Carabidae. It also constitutes a preliminary step in the experimental investigation of the importance of animal personality in invasive species.

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    Keywords: Description; personality syndrome; invasive ground beetle; Coleoptera; Carabidae;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Biology
    Item ID: 13100
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    Depositing User: Dr. Christine Griffin
    Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2020 16:31
    Journal or Publication Title: Scientific Reports
    Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: European Union Seventh Framework Programme
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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