Infrasound initiates directional fast-start escape responses in juvenile roach Rutilus rutilus

Karlsen, H. E., Piddington, R. W., Enger, P. S. and Sand, A. (2004) Infrasound initiates directional fast-start escape responses in juvenile roach Rutilus rutilus. Journal of Experimental Biology, 207 24: 4185-4193. doi:10.1242/jeb.01274

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Author Karlsen, H. E.
Piddington, R. W.
Enger, P. S.
Sand, A.
Title Infrasound initiates directional fast-start escape responses in juvenile roach Rutilus rutilus
Journal name Journal of Experimental Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-0949
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1242/jeb.01274
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 207
Issue 24
Start page 4185
End page 4193
Total pages 9
Place of publication Cambridge UK
Publisher The Company of Biologists
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subject C1
270502 Neurobiology
780105 Biological sciences
0699 Other Biological Sciences
Abstract Acoustic stimuli within the sonic range are effective triggers of C-type escape behaviours in fish. We have previously shown that fish have an acute sensitivity to infrasound also, with acceleration thresholds in the range of 10(-5) m s(-2). In addition, infrasound at high intensities around 10(-2) m s(-2) elicits strong and sustained avoidance responses in several fish species. In the present study, the possible triggering of C-escapes by infrasonic single-cycle vibrations was examined in juvenile roach Rutilus rutilus. The fish were accelerated in a controlled and quantifiable manner using a swing system. The applied stimuli simulated essential components of the accelerations that a small fish would encounter in the hydrodynamic flow field produced by a predatory fish. Typical C- and S-type escape responses were induced by accelerations within the infrasonic range with a threshold of 0.023 m s(-2) for an initial acceleration at 6.7 Hz. Response trajectories were on average in the same direction as the initial acceleration. Unexpectedly, startle behaviours mainly occurred in the trailing half of the test chamber, in which the fish were subjected to linear acceleration in combination with compression, i.e. the expected stimuli produced by an approaching predator. Very few responses were observed in the leading half of the test chamber, where the fish were subjected to acceleration and rarefaction, i.e. the stimuli expected from a suction type of predator. We conclude that particle acceleration is essential for the directionality of the startle response to infrasound, and that the response is triggered by the synergistic effects of acceleration and compression.
Keyword Biology
Rutilus Rutilus
Startle Response
C-escape Response
S-escape Response
Predator Avoidance
Mauthner Neuron
Pike Esox-lucius
Mauthner Cell
Reticulospinal Neurons
Acoustic Pressure
Teleost Fish
Q-Index Code C1

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