Tactile stimulation lowers stress in fish.

  title={Tactile stimulation lowers stress in fish.},
  author={Marta C Soares and Rui F Oliveira and Albert Frank Huascar Ros and Alexandra S Grutter and Redouan Bshary},
  journal={Nature communications},
In humans, physical stimulation, such as massage therapy, reduces stress and has demonstrable health benefits. Grooming in primates may have similar effects but it remains unclear whether the positive effects are due to physical contact or to its social value. Here we show that physical stimulation reduces stress in a coral reef fish, the surgeonfish Ctenochaetus striatus. These fish regularly visit cleaner wrasses Labroides dimidiatus to have ectoparasites removed. The cleanerfish influences… CONTINUE READING
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