Punishers benefit from third-party punishment in fish

Raihani, Nichola J., Grutter, Alexandra S. and Bshary, Redouan (2010) Punishers benefit from third-party punishment in fish. Science, 327 5962: 171-171. doi:10.1126/science.1183068

Author Raihani, Nichola J.
Grutter, Alexandra S.
Bshary, Redouan
Title Punishers benefit from third-party punishment in fish
Journal name Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0036-8075
Publication date 2010-01-08
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1126/science.1183068
Volume 327
Issue 5962
Start page 171
End page 171
Total pages 1
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In cases where uninvolved bystanders pay to punish defectors, this behavior has typically been interpreted in terms of group-level rather than individual-level benefits. Male cleaner fish, Labroides dimidiatus, punish their female partner if she cheats while inspecting model clients. Punishment promotes female cooperation and thereby yields direct foraging benefits to the male. Thus, third-party punishment can evolve via self-serving tendencies in a nonhuman species, and this finding may shed light on the evolutionary dynamics of more complex behavior in other animal species, including humans.
Keyword Altruistic punishment
Partner control
Evolutionary dynamics
Animal species
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
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