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Title

First laboratory insight on the behavioral rhythms of the bathyal crab Geryon longipes

AuthorsNuñez, J.D.; Sbragaglia, Valerio ; García, José A. ; Company, Joan B. ; Aguzzi, Jacopo
KeywordsGeryon longipes
Biological clock
Locomotor behavior
Inertial currents
Light-darkness
Blue light
Burrowing
Issue DateOct-2016
PublisherPergamon Press
CitationDeep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 116: 165-173 (2016)
AbstractThe deep sea is the largest and at the same time least explored biome on Earth, but quantitative studies on the behavior of bathyal organisms are scarce because of the intrinsic difficulties related to in situ observations and maintaining animals in aquaria. In this study, we reported, for the first time, laboratory observations on locomotor rhythms and other behavioral observations (i.e. feeding, exploring and self-grooming) for the bathyal crab Geryon longipes. Crabs were collected on the middle-lower slope (720–1750 m) off the coast of Blanes (Spain). Inertial (18 h) water currents and monochromatic blue (i.e. 470 nm) light-darkness (24 h) cycles were simulated in two different experiments in flume tanks endowed with burrows. Both cycles were simulated in order to investigate activity rhythms regulation in Mediterranean deep-sea benthos. Crabs showed rhythmic locomotor activity synchronized to both water currents and light-darkness cycles. In general terms, feeding and exploring behaviors also followed the same pattern. Results presented here indicate the importance of local inertial (18 h) periodicity of water currents at the seabed as a temporal cue regulating the behavior of bathyal benthic fauna in all continental margin areas where the effects of tides is negligible
Description9 pages, 6 figures, 3 tables
Publisher version (URL)https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr.2016.08.007
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/139522
DOI10.1016/j.dsr.2016.08.007
Identifiersdoi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2016.08.007
issn: 0967-0637
e-issn: 1879-0119
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