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Three-spined stickleback fact file

Three-spined stickleback description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassActinopterygii
OrderGasterosteiformes
FamilyGasterosteidae
GenusGasterosteus Three-spined stickleback biology

This stickleback is an active fish that forms schools Three-spined stickleback range

This widespread species is found throughout Britain and continental Europe from the Iberian Peninsula, the Black Sea and Italy in the south, reaching as far north as Iceland, Norway and the White Sea in Russia Three-spined stickleback habitat

Both marine and freshwater forms of this fish are known Three-spined stickleback status

Common and widespread in Britain Three-spined stickleback threats

This species is not fish

Three-spined stickleback conservation

Conservation action has not been targeted at this common species.

View information on this species at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre.
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Glossary

Dorsal fin
The unpaired fin found on the back of the body of fish, or the raised structure on the back of most cetaceans.
Plankton
Aquatic organisms that drift with water movements; may be either phytoplankton (plants), or zooplankton (animals).
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References

  1. National Biodiversity Network Species Dictionary (March, 2003)
    http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nbn/
  2. Cihar, J. (1991) A field guide in colour to freshwater fish. Silverdale Books, Leicester.
  3. Tyler-Walters, H., (2003) Gasterosteus aculeatus. Three-spined stickleback. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. (January, 2003)
    http://www.marlin.ac.uk/species/Gasterosteusaculeatus.htm
  4. Buczacki, S. (2002) Fauna Britannica. Hamlyn, London.
  5. Fishbase Species Account (January, 2003)
    http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSummary.cfm?ID=2420
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