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Influence of a novel object in the home range of the cockroach, Blattella germanica.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12109704     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We investigated whether exploratory behaviour of the cockroach, Blattella germanica (L.) (Dictyoptera: Blattellidae), was modified by the introduction of a novel object, such as a bait station, into their familiar home range. In particular, we measured the attractiveness of boxes, as novel objects, in relation to their complexity and to their contents. The presence of a novel object induced an increase of exploratory behaviour on and inside the object and its environs. Time spent around the object depended on the complexity of the object (closed box or with holes). The more complex the object, the longer cockroaches spent exploring it. When the object contained food, its attractiveness was greatly increased and it affected cockroaches from further away.
V Durier; C Rivault
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical and veterinary entomology     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0269-283X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. Vet. Entomol.     Publication Date:  2002 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-07-11     Completed Date:  2002-11-12     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8708682     Medline TA:  Med Vet Entomol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  121-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Ethologie-Evolution-Ecologie UMR 6552, CNRS-Université de Rennes 1, France.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Feed
Behavior, Animal*
Blattellidae / physiology*
Exploratory Behavior*
Population Density
Time Factors

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