|Journal||Physiology & behavior, 2019-10-19, Volume 213 Find other publications in this journal|
Previous studies have demonstrated that food consumption induces the behavioral satiety sequence (BSS) in some animals, a characteristic series of activities which include exploration, grooming, and resting. The BSS, while valuable in assessing the effects of drugs on food intake, has not been widely studied in non-mammalian species. Our experiment examined post-feeding behavior in crayfish using continuous recording of five behaviors: feeding, walking, grooming, leg wave, and quiescence. We found that food intake, but not sham feeding, significantly decreased feeding behavior, increased leg wave, and increased quiescence. Walking and grooming were not significantly altered by food intake. These findings indicate that post-feeding behaviors in crayfish share some characteristics with the mammalian BSS. Detailed descriptions of post-ingestive behavior in invertebrates may contribute to the development of drugs targeting feeding behaviors in medically and economically important species.