Spatial aspects of electrolocation in the mormyrid fish, Gnathonemus petersii

J Physiol (Paris). 1979;75(4):355-7.


The range of electrolocation in the weakly electric fish, Gnathonemus petersii, was determined for plastic and aluminium cubes. A characteristic change in the fish's EOD activity, and abrupt change to more uniform EOD intervals (regularization), was used as the criterion for object detection. The average response distances extending laterally from the fish's longitudinal axis were significantly different (p less than 0.05) for the aluminium cube (5.4 cm) and the plastic cube (7.0 cm).

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Electric Organ / physiology*
  • Electric Stimulation
  • Electrophysiology
  • Fishes / physiology*
  • Movement*