Rapid food-aversion learning by a terrestrial mollusk

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Abstract

The terrestrial slug Limax maximus can learn to avoid new palatable food if CO2 poisoning is paired with ingestion of the new food. Some animals learn in one trial and remember without error for 3 weeks. Avoidance most commonly consists of complete rejection of the unsafe food, based on olfactory cues. This preparation offers the opportunity for detailed neurophysiological analysis of a rapid-onset learning mechanism of long duration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)567-570
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume189
Issue number4202
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1975

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