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Methods. 2013 Aug 15;62(3):292-303. doi: 10.1016/j.ymeth.2013.05.002. Epub 2013 May 24.

Tracking zebrafish larvae in group--status and perspectives.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Center for Sleep Sciences, Beckman Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA 94305, USA.


Video processing is increasingly becoming a standard procedure in zebrafish behavior investigations as it enables higher research throughput and new or better measures. This trend, fostered by the ever increasing performance-to-price ratio of the required recording and processing equipment, should be expected to continue in the foreseeable future, with video-processing based methods permeating more and more experiments and, as a result, expanding the very role of behavioral studies in zebrafish research. To assess whether the routine video tracking of zebrafish larvae directly in the Petri dish is a capability that can be expected in the near future, the key processing concepts are discussed and illustrated on published zebrafish studies when available or other animals when not.

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Articulated and skeleton models; Frame-to-frame association; Motion; Processing; Representations; Sampling; Tracking; Zebrafish

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