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Experientia

, Volume 42, Issue 9, pp 1053–1054 | Cite as

Responses of the cavefishAstyanax mexicanus (Anoptichthys antrobius) to the oder of known or unknown conspecifics

  • M. de Fraipont
  • G. Thinès
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Summary

Juvenile individuals of the cave characidAstyanax mexicanus recognize to a significant extent, in a choice-apparatus, the odor of known conspecifics as compared to that of unknown ones during the first 2 min of a 10-min experiment. After this initial oriented response, exploration becomes random.

Key words

Cavefish blindfish specific odor chemical sense chemoreception locomotory response choice reaction 

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Copyright information

© Birkhäuser Verlag Basel 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. de Fraipont
    • 1
  • G. Thinès
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre Albert Michotte, Laboratoire d'éco-éthologieUniversité de LouvainLouvain-la-Neuve(Belgium)

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