three-spined stickleback

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Noun1.three-spined stickleback - of rivers and coastal regionsthree-spined stickleback - of rivers and coastal regions  
stickleback, prickleback - small (2-4 inches) pugnacious mostly scaleless spiny-backed fishes of northern fresh and littoral waters having elaborate courtship; subjects of much research
Gasterosteus, genus gasterosteus - type genus of the family Gasterosteidae
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A three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) adult male, just beginning to develop breeding colouration >with faint flush of pink under chin at Wat Tyler Country Park in Essex FLPA/REX
He claims his three-spined stickleback is the biggest tiddler ever caught in Britain.
Niko Tinbergen's accidental discovery of the fixed action pattern of the three-spined stickleback fish is a classic example of how keeping captive organisms can lead to scientific discoveries as well as inquiries.
At least 27 species of non-salmonid fish species also occur here, including starry flounder, three-spined stickleback, herring and shiner perch.
Most important, from the point of view of Schluter and other evolutionary biologists, was the appearance of a silver fish, usually no longer than a credit card, called the three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus).
Some of the nests shown are for hummingbirds, sea turtles, Caribbean flamingos, a harvest mouse, a Baltimore oriole, a three-spined stickleback (fish), a paper wasp and an elf owl.
A new study on three-spined stickleback fish has found that females do not always trust males who emit strong sexual signals.
The three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) has long attracted scientists, including 1973 Nobel Prize winner Tinbergen, for its unique characteristics (e.
He thinks naming the team after the unarmored three-spined stickleback, an inch-long rare fish found in local waterways, would be a fitting tribute.
The shallow backwaters provide food and shelter for the three-spined stickleback, a minnowlike fish whose bony side plates help keep predators at bay.
This beetle which features on the E stamp, is also prone to eating the fish featured on the 45p stamp, the Three-Spined Stickleback.