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Water quality monitoring using abnormal tail-beat frequency of crucian carp


Xiao, G and Feng, M and Cheng, Z and Zhao, M and Mao, J and Mirowski, L, Water quality monitoring using abnormal tail-beat frequency of crucian carp, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 111 pp. 185-191. ISSN 0147-6513 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ecoenv.2014.09.028


Fish are rapidly becoming favored as convenient sentinels for behavioral assays of toxic chemical exposure. Tail-beat frequency (TBF) of fish is highly correlated with swimming speed, which has been used to detect toxicants. Here we examined the effect on TBF of exposure to two chemicals, and evaluated the ability of this novel behavioral parameter to accurately monitor water quality. To further refine our approach, the Wall-hitting rate (WHR) was used to characterize behavioral avoidance after exposure. Overall, exposure to test chemicals at different levels induced significant increase in both behavioral parameters of the red crucian carp during 1-h exposure periods. Furthermore, the TBF achieved better performance as an indicator when it was calculated in cases where the fish hit the tank wall. Collectively, this study demonstrates the capacity of the TBF of fish to assess water quality in a reliable manner.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:water toxicology, fish, behavior, movement, tail-beat frequency, wall-hitting rate
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Computer vision and multimedia computation
Research Field:Pattern recognition
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Information systems, technologies and services
Objective Field:Information systems, technologies and services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Mirowski, L (Dr Luke Mirowski)
ID Code:98323
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2015-02-11
Last Modified:2017-11-18

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