Development of Behaviour in Fish

  • Felicity A. Huntingford


A newly fertilised egg does not behave; an adult fish responds to its environment with a repertoire of complex, adaptive behaviour patterns (Dawkins 1983). This chapter is about what happens in-between. When in the developmental process do co-ordinated behaviour patterns arise, and how does this come about? When and how are social relationships established, and what is their role in the life of a young fish? How do external stimuli control behaviour in fish of various ages? When and how do different behaviour patterns take on the motivational relationships that characterise adult behavioural systems? To answer these questions we need to know what young fish actually do at each stage in the development from egg to adult. Equally we might ask how it comes about that different species, sexes and individuals show distinct behavioural responses. This second and very difficult question requires a knowledge of the factors that influence the sequence of developmental events, and how they do so.


Atlantic Salmon Behaviour Pattern Agonistic Behaviour Behavioural Development Motor Neurone 
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