The effects of various environmental influences, such as presence of a living predator, dominant conspecific or frightening artificial stimulus, on particular behavioural elements of the paradise fish (Macropodus opercularis) were studied. It has been found that certain sets of the elements are manifested as organizational complexes which characterize a certain mood or form of defensive behaviour. The compound elements of these complexes seemed to be partly interchangeable, partly under environmental control. The main behavioural complexes of the paradise fish were the Territorial complex characterizing the peaceful, home-living animal, Emotionality complex appearing in case of immediate and past danger, Active and Passive defense complexes which represent alternatives in defense, depending on particular stimulus settings. Some supporting evidence for these behavioural complexes are presented and discussed.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Acta biologica Hungarica|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 1985|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Environmental Science(all)