ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-130904-1
Inter-individual and inter-strain variations in zebrafish locomotor ontogeny
Lange, M., Neuzeret, F., Fabreges, B., Froc, C., Bedu, S., Bally-Cuif, L., and Norton, W.H.
Date: 2013
Source: PLoS One   8(8): e70172 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Bally-Cuif, Laure, Bedu, Sebastien, Lange, Merlin, Norton, Will
Keywords: Biological locomotion, Swimming, Fishes, Zebrafish, Animal behavior, Larvae, Fertilization, Morphogenesis
MeSH Terms:
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal/physiology
  • Female
  • Genetic Variation/physiology*
  • Larva/physiology*
  • Locomotion/physiology*
  • Male
  • Swimming/physiology
  • Zebrafish/physiology*
PubMed: 23950910 Full text @ PLoS One

Zebrafish exhibit remarkable alterations in behaviour and morphology as they develop from early larval stages to mature adults. In this study we compare the locomotion parameters of six common zebrafish strains from two different laboratories to determine the stability and repeatability of these behaviours. Our results demonstrate large variability in locomotion and fast swim events between strains and between laboratories across time. These data highlight the necessity for careful, strain-specific controls when analysing locomotor phenotypes and open up the possibility of standardising the quantification of zebrafish behaviour at multiple life stages.