Integrative Neurobiology of Social Behavior in Cichlid Fish

By Félix, Ana S & R.F. Oliveira

The Behavior, Ecology and Evolution of Cichlid Fishes. Abate, M.E., Noakes, D.L.G. (Editors.), pp. 637-681 20-Sep-2021. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-024-2080-7_17


" Social behavior encompasses the interactions between individuals of the same species, fundamental to their survival and reproduction. The study of these kinds of behavioral patterns and the unraveling of its underpinnings is a fascinating research area. However, to fully understand social behavior it is essential to integrate the various components underlying social interactions. From a mechanistic point of view, we ought to grasp specifically how the brain controls behavior, through the concerted action of its neural circuits, cells, genes, and molecules, and also how the social environment feedbacks and impacts the brain. On the other hand, this pursuit of knowledge on the proximate factors, which determine social behavior, is pivotal to achieve valuable insights on its ultimate causes. Performing comparative studies across different species, taking into consideration developmental, ecological, or life history features, have been a growing concern. A considerable amount of literature has been published on these matters using cichlids as model systems. Cichlids can give an important contribution to the field due to their amazing diversity and complexity of behavioral patterns and mating strategies. Here, we review the current state of knowledge on the neural basis of social behavior specifically focusing on studies carried out with cichlid fish "

Classification: Behavior.

Language: English

Félix, Ana S & R.F. Oliveira. 2021. "Integrative Neurobiology of Social Behavior in Cichlid Fish". The Behavior, Ecology and Evolution of Cichlid Fishes. Abate, M.E., Noakes, D.L.G. (Editors.). pp. 637-681. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-024-2080-7_17 (crc11701) (abstract)