Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 271–276

Chemical detection of “self” and conspecifics by crayfish

  • R. D. Rose

DOI: 10.1007/BF01045610

Cite this article as:
Rose, R.D. J Chem Ecol (1986) 12: 271. doi:10.1007/BF01045610


Stimulus waters were used to examine behaviorally chemical communication in female crayfishProcambarus clarkii. Animals detected conspecifics. Response to stimulus water drawn from the animal's own tank, “self ” water, mimicked either response to distilled water or response to water drawn from the tank of another animal. The response to “self” water depended on the relative concentration of substance(s) in “self” water stimuli to that of the same substance(s) in the test animal's tank.

Key words

Chemical detection chemical communication self recognition Procambarus clarkii crayfish 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. D. Rose
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Neurobiology and BehaviorThe State University of New York at Stony BrookStony Brook
  2. 2.Department of BiologyEmory UniversityAtlanta

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