A circadian rhythm in the locomotive behaviour of the giant garden slug Limax maximus.

P. G. Sokolove, C. M. Beiswanger, D. J. Prior, A. Gelperin

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The locomotor activity of the garden slug Limax maximus was examined for components of circadian rhythmicity. Behavioural (running wheel) studies clearly demonstrated that the activity satisfies the principal criteria of circadian rhythmicity. In constant darkness at a constant temperature, the locomotor activity freeran with a period of about 24 h (range 23-6-24-6 h). The rhythm was also expressed in constant light with a period for individual slugs that tended to be shorter in LL than in DD. The period of the rhythm was temperature compensated (11-5-21-5 degrees C) with a Q10 approximately equal to 1-00. The locomotor rhythm could be entrained to 24 h LD cycles such that the circadian activity peak occurred during the dark. The phase angle between the onset of activity and lights-off was not fixed, but was a function of the photoperiod of the entraining light cycle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-64
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Experimental Biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 1977

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Physiology
  • Aquatic Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Insect Science


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