ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-150325-10
Positive taxis and sustained responsiveness to water motions in larval zebrafish
Groneberg, A.H., Herget, U., Ryu, S., De Marco, R.J.
Date: 2015
Source: Frontiers in neural circuits   9: 9 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Herget, Ulrich, Ryu, Soojin
Keywords: behavior, hydrodynamic sensing, larval zebrafish, lateral line, sensory responsiveness
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal/physiology*
  • Larva
  • Lateral Line System/physiology*
  • Motor Activity/physiology*
  • Water
  • Zebrafish/physiology*
PubMed: 25798089 Full text @ Front. Neural Circuits
Larval zebrafish (Danio rerio) have become favored subjects for studying the neural bases of behavior. Here, we report a highly stereotyped response of zebrafish larvae to hydrodynamic stimuli. It involves positive taxis, motion damping and sustained responsiveness to flows derived from local, non-stressful water motions. The response depends on the lateral line and has a high sensitivity to stimulus frequency and strength, sensory background and rearing conditions-also encompassing increased threshold levels of response to parallel input. The results show that zebrafish larvae can use near-field detection to locate sources of minute water motions, and offer a unique handle for analyses of hydrodynamic sensing, sensory responsiveness and arousal with accurate control of stimulus properties.