Journal article

Crustacean social behavioral changes in response to isolation

Robert Hemsworth, Wil Villareal, Blair W Patullo, David L Macmillan

BIOLOGICAL BULLETIN | UNIV CHICAGO PRESS | Published : 2007

Abstract

Periods of isolation during which animals have no social contact are common in the design of behavioral experiments. They are used, for example, to test memory and recognition responses, or to ensure a baseline condition before experimental manipulations commence. We investigated the effect of isolation periods on the aggressive behavior of matched pairs of the crayfish Cherax destructor in two contexts. The first experiment tested the effects of a period of isolation between two encounters. The second experiment tested the effects of isolation before an encounter by pairing one crayfish from a communal living environment with another crayfish from an isolated one. Fight outcome and aggressi..

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