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A spatial memory task in the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)


Heydarnejad, MS and Purser, J, A spatial memory task in the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), Journal of Ethology, 34, (1) pp. 39-44. ISSN 0289-0771 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright Japan Ethological Society and Springer Japan 2015

DOI: doi:10.1007/s10164-015-0443-7


There are two types of behaviour by which an animal can use spatial memory in order to exploit food availability: win-stay (lose-shift) and win-shift (lose-stay). This study aimed to determine which strategy was used by rainbow trout fish. To test whether fish were using win-shift or win-stay, the fish were given three consecutive morning feedings or afternoon feedings only. The behaviour of fish during this trial was a win-stay strategy. The experiment suggests that rainbow trout engage in ‘win stay’ behaviour. This finding may help us to understand the spatial memory regarding win-stay in rainbow trout.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:fish behaviour, win-shift, win-stay, foraging behaviour, rainbow trout
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - aquaculture
Objective Field:Aquaculture fin fish (excl. tuna)
UTAS Author:Purser, J (Associate Professor John Purser)
ID Code:113131
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2016-12-14
Last Modified:2017-11-03

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