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Title: Kairomone versus visual response to a predator in Notropis heterolepis
Authors: Conley, Hannah
Keywords: Itasca
Notropis heterolepis
Blacknose Shiners
Perca flavescens
Issue Date: 11-Apr-2012
Series/Report no.: Itasca Biological Station Student Papers
Abstract: Fish use a number of methods to avoid detection by predators and survive. This study investigated two of these methods: visual detection of the predator and kairomones, a chemical given off by the predator that alerts the prey of its presence. We proposed to test the responses of Notropis heterolepis (Blacknose Shiners) to each of these stimuli given by predator Yellow Perch, Perca flavescens. We predicted that shiners would increase activity in response to the visual stimulus, and would decrease activity in response to the kairomone stimulus. We tested this question by exposing shiners to perch kairomones in one treatment, giving shiners a visual of the perch in another treatment, and monitoring their activity for both treatments. Our results showed no significant difference in the shiners’ response to visual versus kairomone stimuli.
Description: Student paper, BIOL 3811, 2011
URI: http://purl.umn.edu/122577
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