Cuttlefish sepia officinalis preferentially respond to bottom rather than side stimuli when not allowed adjacent to tank walls

Taniguchi, Darcy A. A., Gagnon, Yakir, Wheeler, Benjamin R., Johnsen, Sonke and Jaffe, Jules S. (2015) Cuttlefish sepia officinalis preferentially respond to bottom rather than side stimuli when not allowed adjacent to tank walls. PLoS ONE, 10 10: 1-18. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0138690


Author Taniguchi, Darcy A. A.
Gagnon, Yakir
Wheeler, Benjamin R.
Johnsen, Sonke
Jaffe, Jules S.
Title Cuttlefish sepia officinalis preferentially respond to bottom rather than side stimuli when not allowed adjacent to tank walls
Journal name PLoS ONE   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2015-10-14
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0138690
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 10
Issue 10
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Place of publication San Francisco, CA United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Cuttlefish are cephalopods capable of rapid camouflage responses to visual stimuli. However, it is not always clear to what these animals are responding. Previous studies have found cuttlefish to be more responsive to lateral stimuli rather than substrate. However, in previous works, the cuttlefish were allowed to settle next to the lateral stimuli. In this study, we examine whether juvenile cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) respond more strongly to visual stimuli seen on the sides versus the bottom of an experimental aquarium, specifically when the animals are not allowed to be adjacent to the tank walls. We used the Sub Sea Holodeck, a novel aquarium that employs plasma display screens to create a variety of artificial visual environments without disturbing the animals. Once the cuttlefish were acclimated, we compared the variability of camouflage patterns that were elicited from displaying various stimuli on the bottom versus the sides of the Holodeck. To characterize the camouflage patterns, we classified them in terms of uniform, disruptive, and mottled patterning. The elicited camouflage patterns from different bottom stimuli were more variable than those elicited by different side stimuli, suggesting that S. officinalis responds more strongly to the patterns displayed on the bottom than the sides of the tank. We argue that the cuttlefish pay more attention to the bottom of the Holodeck because it is closer and thus more relevant for camouflage.
Keyword Multidisciplinary Sciences
Science & Technology - Other Topics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID N00014-09-1-1053
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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