Chemosensory Orientation Mechanisms of Fish

  • Peter B. Johnsen


In the aquatic environment, solubility rather than volatility is the limiting factor for chemical dispersion, and thus, compounds of wide variety become potential information messengers. Because most bodies of water are in motion, these stimuli and their information can be carried over considerable distances, and animals such as fish, which are very sensitive to chemical stimulation, may exploit this information for many important functions in their life histories. Chemical signals are known to play significant roles in reproduction, homing, feeding, schooling, defense and parent/young interactions of fish.


Atlantic Salmon Coho Salmon Swimming Behavior Odor Source Oncorhynchus Kisutch 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter B. Johnsen
    • 1
  1. 1.Monell Chemical Senses CenterPhiladelphiaUSA

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