Kinematics and behaviour in fish escape responses: guidelines for conducting, analysing, and reporting experiments

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Authors

Dominique Roche, Eric D Tytell, Paolo Domenici

Abstract

Work carried out since the late 70s has provided key insights into the comparative biomechanics, kinematics, behaviour, and neurobiology of fish escape responses. With environmental change expected to affect the physiology and biomechanics of aquatic ectotherms, there is a growing interest in understanding how environmental stressors impact the swimming performance and behaviour of fishes during escape responses, particularly in the context of predator-prey interactions. As the study of fish swimming continues to expand, there have been repeated calls to standardise experiments and reporting practices to facilitate integrative and comparative studies. Here, we provide a set of practical guidelines for conducting, analysing, and reporting experiments on escape responses in fish, including a reporting checklist to assist authors undertaking these experiments. These resources will facilitate executing and reporting escape response experiments in a rigorous and transparent fashion, helping to advance the study of fish swimming in an era of rapid environmental change.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.32942/X2DS3D

Subjects

Biology, Integrative Biology, Life Sciences

Keywords

biomechanics, fast-start, locomotion, whole organism performance, startle response, swimming, tracking, fast-start, locomotion, whole organism performance, startle response, swimming, tracking

Dates

Published: 2023-02-16 15:36

Last Updated: 2023-02-16 20:36

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CC BY Attribution 4.0 International

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Conflict of interest statement:
None

Data and Code Availability Statement:
The data and code to associated with this paper are publicly available at https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7577129

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