IMIS | Flanders Marine Institute

Flanders Marine Institute

Platform for marine research


Publications | Institutes | Persons | Datasets | Projects | Maps
[ report an error in this record ]basket (0): add | show Printer-friendly version

Sensory biology and behaviour of Nephrops norvegicus
Katoh, E.; Sbragaglia, V.; Aguzzi, J.; Breithaupt, Th. (2013). Sensory biology and behaviour of Nephrops norvegicus. Adv. Mar. Biol. 64: 65-106.
In: Advances in Marine Biology. Academic Press: London, New York. ISSN 0065-2881, more
Peer reviewed article  

Available in  Authors 

    Aggression; Burrowing; Chemoreception; Mapping; Pheromones; Rhythms; Vision; Nephrops norvegicus (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Marine
Author keywords
    Mechanoreception; Actograph; Video-image analysis;

Authors  Top 
  • Katoh, E.
  • Sbragaglia, V.
  • Aguzzi, J.
  • Breithaupt, Th.

    The Norway lobster is one of the most important commercial crustaceans in Europe. A detailed knowledge of the behaviour of this species is crucial in order to optimize fishery yields, improve sustainability of fisheries, and identify man-made environmental threats. Due to the cryptic life-style in burrows, the great depth and low-light condition of their habitat, studies of the behaviour of this species in its natural environment are challenging. Here, we first provide an overview of the sensory modalities (vision, chemoreception, and mechanoreception) of Nephrops norvegicus. We focus particularly on the role of the chemical and mechanical senses in eliciting and steering spatial orientation behaviours. We then concentrate on recent research in social behaviour and biological rhythms of Nephrops. A combination of laboratory approaches and newly developed tracking technologies has led to a better understanding of aggressive interactions, reproductive behaviours, activity cycles, and burrow-related behaviours. Gaps in our knowledge are identified and suggestions for future research are provided.

All data in IMIS is subject to the VLIZ privacy policy Top | Authors