Habituation of adult sea lamprey repeatedly exposed to damage-released alarm and predator cues

Environmental Biology of Fishes
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Abstract

Predation is an unforgiving selective pressure affecting the life history, morphology and behaviour of prey organisms. Selection should favour organisms that have the ability to correctly assess the information content of alarm cues. This study investigated whether adult sea lamprey Petromyzon marinus habituate to conspecific damage-released alarm cues (fresh and decayed sea lamprey extract), a heterospecific damage-released alarm cue (white sucker Catostomus commersoniiextract), predator cues (Northern water snake Nerodia sipedon washing, human saliva and 2-phenylethylamine hydrochloride (PEA HCl)) and a conspecific damage-released alarm cue and predator cue combination (fresh sea lamprey extract and human saliva) after they were pre-exposed 4 times or 8 times, respectively, to a given stimulus the previous night. Consistent with our prediction, adult sea lamprey maintained an avoidance response to conspecific damage-released alarm cues (fresh and decayed sea lamprey extract), a predator cue presented at high relative concentration (PEA HCl) and a conspecific damage-released alarm cue and predator cue combination (fresh sea lamprey extract plus human saliva), irrespective of previous exposure level. As expected, adult sea lamprey habituated to a sympatric heterospecific damage-released alarm cue (white sucker extract) and a predator cue presented at lower relative concentration (human saliva). Adult sea lamprey did not show any avoidance of the Northern water snake washing and the Amazon sailfin catfish extract (heterospecific control). This study suggests that conspecific damage-released alarm cues and PEA HCl present the best options as natural repellents in an integrated management program aimed at controlling the abundance of sea lamprey in the Laurentian Great Lakes.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Habituation of adult sea lamprey repeatedly exposed to damage-released alarm and predator cues
Series title Environmental Biology of Fishes
DOI 10.1007/s10641-016-0503-z
Volume 99
Issue 8
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers
Publisher location Dordrecht
Contributing office(s) Great Lakes Science Center
Description 8 p.
First page 613
Last page 620
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N