The Influence of Alarm Substance on Feeding in Zebra Danio Fish (Brachydanio rerio)


Institute of Marine Research, Austevoll Marine Aquaculture Station, N-5392 Storebø, Norway.


The effects of alarm substance on feeding behaviour of zebra danio fish (Brachydanio rerio) were tested by offering them high and low densities of enclosed waterfleas (Daphnia magna). Normally the fish attacked high densities of prey, but when exposed to alarm substance they preferred lower and presumably less confusing prey densities — also lowering their feeding rate.