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Brain Behav Evol. 2001 May;57(5):271-82.

Dynamic interactions of behavior and amine neurochemistry in acquisition and maintenance of social rank in crayfish.

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  • 1J.P. Scott Center for Neuroscience, Mind and Behavior and Department of Biological Sciences, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403, USA.


This review summarizes a set of experimental approaches with which we explore fighting behavior in crayfish and the importance of aminergic systems in its control. Our results illustrate that agonistic behavior in crustaceans can be characterized within a quantitative framework, that different types of behavioral plasticity in aggressive behavior are in need of physiological explanation, and that pharmacological intervention involving serotonergic systems produces characteristic changes in fighting. Moreover, we attempt to identify changes in neurochemistry during the acquisition of social status. Many of the studies presented here summarize ongoing work. Nonetheless, results to date complement and extend previous detailed physiological, morphological and biochemical studies exploring the roles of amines in aggression.

Copyright 2001 S. Karger AG, Basel

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