Re: NANFA-L-- Keeping Sculpin

dlmcneely at
Mon, 12 Sep 2005 13:59:21 -0500

Actually, that about chelae delivering hurt was intended as a bit of
lightness. Bass do seem to behave toward crayfish more warily than
they do toward sculpins. However, data from numbers of workers suggest
that fish do not experience "pain," whatever that is. And they
shouldn't, at least if pain is experienced in the neocortex, since they
don't have one. But they definitely behave so as to avoid what would
for mammals be painful stiumli (like a pinch). What do I know, I'm not
a fish.


David L. McNeely, Ph.D., Professor of Biology
Langston University; P.O. Box 1500
Langston, OK 73050; email: dlmcneely at
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