, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 70–71 | Cite as

Temperature acclimation and learning in fish

  • D. Borsook
  • C. J. Woolf
  • A. D. Vellet


Control fish acclimated at 21°C learned to swim upright following the attachment of floats to their ventral surfaces, while fish acclimated at both 5°C and 33°C failed to learn the swimming skill. Fish previously acclimated at 5°C and then transferred to 21°C 48 h before the task, learnt the swimming skill better than the control fish, but fish acclimated at 33°C and transferred to 21°C failed to acquire the new skill. Acclimation temperature, therefore, significantly modifies the learning behaviour of fish.


Ventral Surface Control Fish Acclimation Temperature Swimming Skill 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Borsook
    • 1
  • C. J. Woolf
    • 1
  • A. D. Vellet
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyUniversity of the Witwatersrand Medical SchoolJohannesburg(South Africa)

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