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The function of wall-following behaviors in the Mexican blind cavefish and a sighted relative, the Mexican tetra (Astyanax).

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Mexican blind cavefish exhibit an unconditioned wall-following behavior in response to novel environments. Similar behaviors have been observed in a wide variety of animals, but the biological significance and evolutionary history of this behavior are largely unknown. In this study, the behaviors of Mexican blind cavefish (Astyanax sp.) and sighted Mexican tetra (Astyanax mexicanus) were videotaped after fish were introduced into a novel environment under dark (infrared) or well-lit condition...

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10.1007/s00359-008-0400-9

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Journal:
Journal of comparative physiology. A, Neuroethology, sensory, neural, and behavioral physiology
Volume:
195
Issue:
3
Pages:
225-240
Publication date:
2009-03-05
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EISSN:
1432-1351
ISSN:
0340-7594
URN:
uuid:2b04994a-1583-49c1-af83-19979875b58a
Source identifiers:
172628
Local pid:
pubs:172628

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