Reference : Fish lateral system is required for accurate control of shoaling behaviour
Scientific congresses and symposiums : Unpublished conference
Life sciences : Environmental sciences & ecology
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/40501
Fish lateral system is required for accurate control of shoaling behaviour
English
Faucher, Karine [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences et gestion de l'environnement > Morphologie fonctionnelle et évolutive >]
Parmentier, Eric mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences et gestion de l'environnement > Morphologie fonctionnelle et évolutive >]
Becco, Christophe mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département de physique > Département de physique >]
Vandewalle, Nicolas mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département de physique > Physique statistique >]
Vandewalle, Pierre mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences et gestion de l'environnement > Morphologie fonctionnelle et évolutive >]
2010
Yes
International
Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Meeting
du 3 janvier 2010 au 10 janvier 2010
SICB
Seattle
United-States
[en] fish ; lateral system ; schooling
[en] In teleost fishes, the lateral system is assumed to contribute, among other roles, to maintaining schooling behaviour. Sight is also assumed to play a role in schooling, as fish with a cut lateral line do not stop schooling unless they are also blinded. This conclusion, however, was based on experiments where only the trunk lateral line was inactivated, leaving the head lateral system intact. Here the aim was to test how inactivation of the whole lateral system affects the fish shoaling behaviour. Groups of firehead tetras, Hemigrammus bleheri, were video-recorded before and after inactivation of their whole lateral system with aminoglycoside antibiotics (and also in sham-treated specimens). Shoaling behaviour was characterized by: nearest distance to the first, second, and third neighbour, shoal radius, shoal order parameter, and the number of collisions between individuals. SEM observations showed damage to most superficial neuromasts as a result of antibiotic treatment. Importantly, the antibiotic-treated fish proved unable to maintain a shoal. After the end of the treatment, however, they recovered both a normal tissue morphology and normal shoaling behaviour within about a month. The lateral system is thus more crucial to shoaling behaviour than previously believed.
Laboratoire de Morphologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive
Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (Communauté française de Belgique) - F.R.S.-FNRS
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http://hdl.handle.net/2268/40501

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