Behavioural response in paired food choice experiments with Oniscus asellus (Crustacea, Isopoda) as an indicator of different food quality.

Abstract

This paper describes a study of behavioural response in terrestrial isopod Oniscus asellus when offered two food pellets of different quality. One group had a choice of sterilised food and food pellets covered with mould. The other group had a choice of uncontaminated and cadmium-dosed food. During the behavioural test, the animals were monitored by a video camera and each visit to food pellets and time spent around it was counted. The results show that animals spent significantly less time near sterilised and cadmium-dosed food than with uncontaminated or mould-covered food. Discrimination between offered food pellets showed that avoidance behaviour can be used as an indicator of different food quality.

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@article{Zidar2003BehaviouralRI, title={Behavioural response in paired food choice experiments with Oniscus asellus (Crustacea, Isopoda) as an indicator of different food quality.}, author={Primo{\vz} Zidar and Ulf Iskender Kaschl and Damjana Drobne and Janko Bo{\vz}i{\vc} and Jasna {\vS}trus}, journal={Arhiv za higijenu rada i toksikologiju}, year={2003}, volume={54 3}, pages={177-81} }