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Curr Biol. 2004 Jul 13;14(13):R503-4.

Social behavior: how do fish find their shoal mate?

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  • 1Division of Human Biology, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 1100 Fairview Ave North, PO Box 19024, Seattle, Washington 98109-1024, USA. cpeichel@fhcrc.org

Abstract

Fish form social aggregations called shoals which often consist of fish with similar morphologies. Experiments using zebrafish pigment variants demonstrate that fish can select shoal mates solely on the basis of their color patterns, and that early experience plays a key role in determining these shoaling preferences.

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