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INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND INFORMATION: In this lab we observed pillbugs and investigated their responses to environmental variables. Pillbugs are arthropods and also a crustacean which means that they are segmented, have antennae, jointed compound eyes; and like a crab except for being terrestrial, breathe out of gills. We could only observe the pillbugs for ten minutes because they would die due to the lack of water for breathing. Before we could begin our experiment, however, we needed to understand important concepts relevant to further our understandings of our observations. This lab was a study of animal behavior, or Ethology, and to study these behaviors of the pillbug, we set up an environment with four different variables. In the case of this lab, orientation behaviors place the pillbug in its most favorable environment, which would normally be dark and wet. Our goal was to observe the pillbug and see if its behaviors matched with taxis or kinesis in the case of our different environments. In taxis, the pillbug would move toward or away from a stimulus, in our case, the variables were light vs. dark, and dry vs. moist.
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This note was uploaded on 08/23/2010 for the course CS 1371 taught by Professor Stallworth during the Spring '08 term at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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