Journal article

Multimodal individual recognition in the crayfish Cherax destructor

R Crook, BW Patullo, DL Macmillan

MARINE AND FRESHWATER BEHAVIOUR AND PHYSIOLOGY | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2004

Abstract

There is some evidence that macrurans recognize each other as individuals. In freshwater crayfish there are conflicting reports and there is limited information about the sensory mechanisms involved. To determine the extent to which the crayfish Cherax destructor is capable of individual recognition, we performed experiments that familiarized animals with each other and then manipulated their recent success in dominance contests. Crayfish were more likely to win an encounter when paired against a familiar opponent than an unfamiliar one after the manipulation stage. In other experiments, animals were attracted to familiar conspecifics when only visual or chemical cues were present. This demo..

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