Betta Fish Lab

Betta Fish Lab - The Behavior of Siamese Fighting Fish...

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The Behavior of Siamese Fighting Fish Abstract Siamese fighting fish, commonly known as Betta fish, are most notable for their aggressive behavior and colors. Their aggressive behavior is due to their innate behavior, which they attained at birth, and shows their territorial manner. The overall objective of this experiment is to identify the releasers that trigger the Betta fish’s behavior by running a series of tests that can accomplish this purpose. Observations are recorded by examining the behavior of the fish when another fish is in contact and through a series of both abstract and realistic drawings of the fish. These tests isolate the stimulus that makes the fish display its antagonistic display and identify the releasers causing this stimulus to trigger the fish’s aggressive behavior. Following these procedures, it was evident that the fish reacted more aggressively to the fish that was in contact than to the other tests that were given because of its emphasized color. This signifies that the releaser that triggered the Betta fish’s behavior was a dynamic characteristic of the Betta fish – its color. Introduction For the past few centuries, humans have documented animal behavior in a non-scientific manner, explaining behavior through basic observations. Now, biologists understand that inheritance and learning are vital aspects of animal behavior. Examining the behavior of the Siamese fighting fish is an excellent way to study the behavior of animals. Since they require no filtration or aquarium water because of the stored air in their breathing chambers, they are easy to keep in the lab. Their responses are also immediate and recognizable, so they are a good source of observation. Betta fish have an aggressive behavior, which can be classified as innate behavior, an instinctual response. Their aggressive behavior can be described as a fixed action pattern, or FAP, because it is exhibited in a similar manner each time in a continuous sequence. Releasers, which are the stimuli that trigger FAP and give the fish its antagonistic behavior, can be identified as the initiator of the Betta fish’s behavior. The purpose of this experiment is to identify the releasers that trigger the Siamese fighting fish’s antagonistic response in this fixed action pattern.
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This lab report was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course ABIO 110 taught by Professor Hirsch during the Fall '07 term at SUNY Albany.

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Betta Fish Lab - The Behavior of Siamese Fighting Fish...

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