WHAT IS THE BIOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF ELECTROSENSITIVITY IN CRAYFISH

Grant number: DP0556276

Abstract

The finding that an Australian crayfish responds to low-level electrical signals in the surrounding water is the first report of electrosensitivity in an aquatic invertebrate. This project will investigate its unknown biological significance. The results will impact on behavioural studies in all aquatic invertebrates because they will now have to consider this factor. Some other decapod crustaceans will almost certainly be found to be electrosensitive. Not only are these important subjects for behavioural analysis, many form the basis of important commercial aquaculture industries. The outcomes will enhance Australia's scientific standing and provide opportunities for students to become lead..

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