Faculty Advisor

Mathews, Lauren M

Abstract

In this project, completed in conjunction with Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Biology department, we tested the hypothesis that virgin Orconectes virilis female crayfish would be attracted to water conditioned with male pheromones. We also hypothesized that the non-virgin females would not be attracted to the male conditioned water, as they had already mated that season. A y-maze was constructed and used to test the response of mated and unmated female crayfish to water conditioned by male or female conspecifics. The data showed that as predicted in our hypothesis only previously unmated females were attracted to water conditioned with male conspecifics.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2007

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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