Learning of foraging skills by fish

Warburton, K. (2003) Learning of foraging skills by fish. Fish And Fisheries, 4 3: 203-215. doi:10.1046/j.1467-2979.2003.00125.x

Author Warburton, K.
Title Learning of foraging skills by fish
Journal name Fish And Fisheries   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1467-2960
Publication date 2003
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1046/j.1467-2979.2003.00125.x
Volume 4
Issue 3
Start page 203
End page 215
Total pages 13
Editor P. Hart
Pitcher T.
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subject C1
270599 Zoology not elsewhere classified
780108 Behavioural and cognitive sciences
Abstract This chapter outlines the relationships between a number of key factors that influence learning and memory, and illustrates them by reference to studies on the foraging behaviour of fish. Learning can lead to significant improvements in foraging performance in only a few exposures, and at least some fish species are capable of adjusting their foraging strategy as patterns of patch profitability change. There is also evidence that the memory window for prey varies between fish species, and that this may be a function of environmental predictability. Convergence between behavioural ecology and comparative psychology offers promise in terms of developing more mechanistically realistic foraging models and explaining apparently 'suboptimal' patterns of behaviour. Foraging decisions involve the interplay between several distinct systems of learning and memory, including those that relate to habitat, food patches, prey types, conspecifics and predators. Fish biologists, therefore, face an interesting challenge in developing integrated accounts of fish foraging that explain how cognitive sophistication can help individual animals to deal with the complexity of the ecological context.
Keyword Fisheries
Spinachia-spinachia L
Juvenile Atlantic Salmon
15-spined Stickleback
Bluegill Sunfish
Brown Trout
Individual Variation
Retinal Topography
Q-Index Code C1
Additional Notes This document is a journal review.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
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