Defensive behaviour and its inheritance in the anabantoid fish, Macropodus opercularis and Macropodus opercularis concolor

CS Vadász, B. Kiss, V. Csányi

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Abstract

In this preliminary study defense behaviour patterns (fear responses) are described in two closely related, behaviourally different inbred labyrinth fish subspecies and in their F1 generation. The subspecies M. opercularis (characterized briefly by "active escape") and M. opercularis concolor (characterized by "passive escape") showed specific differences in the manifestation of certain defense behaviour patterns. In the F1 hybrid generation dominance and overdominance of M. opercularis was found in most defense behaviour patterns. Analysing the frequencies and sequences of movement patterns it could be shown that defensive behaviour is not a random or entirely "plastic" process but that there is sequential linkage between the patterns and they form characteristic clusters. Our results suggest that manifestations of different patterns are under genetic control and presumably, genetic determination of certain patterns is not very complex. Attempts were made to determine whole brain noradrenaline, serotonine and dopamine levels of the two subspecies and a significant difference was found in the noradrenaline content.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-124
Number of pages18
JournalBehavioural Processes
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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