Chemosensory tracking of scent trails by the planktonic shrimp Acetes sibogae australis

Science  04 Mar 1977:
Vol. 195, Issue 4281, pp. 886-888
DOI: 10.1126/science.841313


In the laboratory, planktonic shrimps (Acetes sibogae) precisely follow scent trails of food or paper soaked in meat extract, L-alanine, L-leucine, and L-methionine. In the ocean, Acetes may be able to follow scent trails as far as 20 meters to catch falling food. This demonstrates precise trail-following by pelagic animals.