Imprinting: seeing food and eating it.

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A recent study has found that although, ordinarily, cuttlefish hatchlings prefer shrimp-like prey, when visually exposed to crabs in the first hours of day one, they later prefer crabs to shrimps. As the development of this preference occurs during a short sensitive phase, does not depend on food ingestion and is long lasting, it fulfils all the criteria for imprinting, a phenomenon more usually associated with vertebrates and social learning.




Healy, S. D. (2006). Imprinting: seeing food and eating it. Current Biology : CB.

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