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Yi Chuan. 2013 Apr;35(4):468-76.

[Visual system and prey capture behavior of larval zebrafish].

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Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China.


Studying neural circuits is a crucial step for understanding neural mechanisms underlying animal behaviors. Larval zebrafish is a low vertebrate animal model with incomparable advantages in neural circuit study. In this review, we describe the zebrafish visual system and its downstream targets, with special emphasis on their possible roles in prey capture behavior. Prey capture is executed mainly through the visual system and its downstream circuits, including reticulospinal commanding neurons, motor-controlling circuits within the spinal cord, and other un-identified functional units. With the development of approaches in monitoring and manipulating neuronal activity and behavioral assays, we will get deep insights about neural basis for prey capture in near future, which will shed light on elucidating neural circuit mechanisms of behavior.

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