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Title: Albino Xenopus laevis tadpoles prefer dark environments compared to wild type
Tadpoles display preferences for different environments but the sensory modalities that govern these choices are not well understood. Here, we examined light preferences and associated sensory mechanisms of albino and wild-type Xenopus laevis tadpoles. We found that albino tadpoles spent more time in darker environments compared to the wild type, although they showed no differences in overall activity. This preference persisted when the tadpoles had their optic nerve severed or pineal glands removed, suggesting these sensory systems alone are not necessary for phototaxis. These experiments were conducted by an undergraduate laboratory course, highlighting how X. laevis tadpole behavior assays in a classroom setting can reveal new insights into animal behavior.  more » « less
Award ID(s):
1845651
NSF-PAR ID:
10455001
Author(s) / Creator(s):
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Date Published:
Journal Name:
microPublication biology
Volume:
2023
ISSN:
2578-9430
Format(s):
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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