Comparison of live stimuli and 3D printed replicas: preference tests for zebrafish

Tommaso Ruberto, Giovanni Polverino, Maurizio Porfiri

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In recent years, robots have emerged as relevant means for studying individual and social behavior, providing highly customizable and controllable instruments for a wide number of behavioral investigations. As zebrafish is gaining momentum among laboratory animals, several robotics-based paradigms have been proposed to study its complex behavior. However, previous studies have failed to report attraction toward robotic stimuli, comparable with live conspecifics. Here, we investigate this aspect in a within-subject experiment by testing zebrafish and comparing the attraction toward a live conspecific and a 3D-printed replica in binary-choice preference tests. We find that zebrafish have an analogous appraisal for live and robotic stimuli in preference experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2017
EditorsAkhlesh Lakhtakia, Mato Knez, Raul J. Martin-Palma
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781510608092
ISBN (Print)978-1-5106-0809-2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2017 - Portland, United States
Duration: 26 Mar 201727 Mar 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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