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The Behavioral Repertoire of Larval Zebrafish

  • Kandice Fero
  • Tohei Yokogawa
  • Harold A. Burgess
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Part of the Neuromethods book series (NM, volume 52)

Abstract

Shortly after larval zebrafish become free swimming their behavior is modulated by both autochthonous signals and external stimuli. Larvae show rapid responses to a range of sensory cues but are also capable of executing extended behavioral programs in response to changes in the environment. At this early stage, larvae have a small repertoire of discrete stereotyped movements which are deployed in different contexts to generate appropriate behavior. We outline the range of behaviors defined in zebrafish larvae to date and discuss insights into neural function revealed by behavioral assays. A growing body of work demonstrates that tractability of behavior and neural connectivity in larval zebrafish facilitate the analysis of neural pathways underlying vertebrate motor control and sensory processing.

Key words

Developing zebrafish larvae acoustic/vibrational stimuli vestibular stimuli lateral line stimuli visual stimuli chemical stimuli locomotion sensory cues environmental adaptation stereotypic behavior neuroanatomy neuronal pathways motor control sensory processing 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was supported by the Intramural Research Program of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health.

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  1. 1.Laboratory of Molecular GeneticsEunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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