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Discrimination of small quantities by fish (redtail splitfin, Xenotoca eiseni).
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PMID:  23288253     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Discrimination of quantity has been argued to rely on two non-verbal representational systems: an object file system (OFS) for representing small values (≤3-4) and an analog magnitude system (AMS) for representing large magnitudes (>4). Infants' ability to discriminate 1 versus 2, 1 versus 3, 2 versus 3, but not 1 versus 4 or 2 versus 4 seems to prove the independence of such systems. Here, we show that redtail splitfin fish (Xenotoca eiseni) performed relative quantity estimations preferring to approach the location previously occupied by the larger in number between two groups of conspecifics (no longer visible at test) in sets of 1 versus 2 and 2 versus 3 items, but failed at 3 versus 4 items, thus showing the same set-size limit as infants for discrimination of small quantities. However, when tested with quantities that spanned the boundary of the two systems, that is, 1 versus 4 and 2 versus 4, fish succeeded. These results thus point to either the use of continuous physical variables and/or the use of the AMS also for small numerousness in fish in this task.
Gionata Stancher; Valeria Anna Sovrano; Davide Potrich; Giorgio Vallortigara
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-4
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Title:  Animal cognition     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1435-9456     ISO Abbreviation:  Anim Cogn     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9814573     Medline TA:  Anim Cogn     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC), University of Trento, Bettini 31, 38068, Rovereto, Italy.
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