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

Tommaso Ruberto, Giovanni Polverino, Maurizio Porfiri

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Abstract

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
EditorsMato Knez, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Raul J. Martin-Palma
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherSPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING
Number of pages6
Volume10162
ISBN (Print)978-1-5106-0809-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2017 - Portland, United States
Duration: 26 Mar 201727 Mar 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
PublisherSPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING
Volume10162
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Conference

ConferenceBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2017
CountryUnited States
CityPortland
Period26/03/1727/03/17

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