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Sensory cues employed for the acquisition of familiarity-dependent recognition of a shoal of conspecifics by climbing perch (Anabas testudineus Bloch)

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In this study we showed that a freshwater fish, the climbing perch (Anabas testudineus) is incapable of using chemical communication but employs visual cues to acquire familiarity and distinguish a familiar group of conspecifics from an unfamiliar one. Moreover, the isolation of olfactory signals from visual cues did not affect the recognition and preference for a familiar shoal in this species.

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VVB gratefully acknowledges a Cognitive Science Research Initiative (CSI) Postdoctoral Research Grant and a Start-up Research Grant (Young Scientist) from the Science Engineering Research Board, Department of Science and Technology, India, which made this study possible. The experiments reported in this paper comply with the guidelines or rules for animal care and use for scientific research in India.

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[Binoy VV, Kasturirangan R and Sinha A 2015 Sensory cues employed for the acquisition of familiarity-dependent recognition of a shoal of conspecifics by climbing perch (Anabas testudineus Bloch). J. Biosci. 40 1–8] DOI 10.1007/s12038-015-9529-1

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Binoy, V., Kasturirangan, R. & Sinha, A. Sensory cues employed for the acquisition of familiarity-dependent recognition of a shoal of conspecifics by climbing perch (Anabas testudineus Bloch). J Biosci 40, 225–232 (2015).

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