Becoming a better swimmer: structural complexity enhances agility in a captive-reared fish

I. Ahlbeck Bergendahl, S. Miller, C. Depasquale, L. Giralico, V. A. Braithwaite

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To test whether swimming skills can be improved by exposure to structurally complex environments, juvenile rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss were reared in either physically enriched or plain tanks for 2 months and were then screened to test their ability to swim along a channel while avoiding obstructions. The results show that even a relatively short exposure period to enrichment improves O. mykiss swimming agility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1112-1117
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Fish Biology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science

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