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thigmotaxis

[¦thig·mə¦tak·səs]
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The experimental apparatus contained air curtain holders situated 15 cm apart, and the lobsters appeared to sit next to these holders, using the thigmotactic feedback as a shelter response.
German cockroaches are thigmotactic, which means they prefer squeezing into tight places where their backs and undersides make contact with other surfaces.
This is probably a combination of thigmotactic behavior and use of the wood and the associated biofilm as a food source.
We placed plastic mesh cages in all pools to control for potential thigmotactic responses from the tadpoles.
Thrips are well known to be thigmotactic in behavior, that is, they like to seek shelter in tiny cracks and crevices on the bases of leaves or stems/branches, making them sometimes impossible to detect.
marginemaculatus were strongly thigmotactic and preferred to rest in the tight space between two vertical surfaces, in this case, the space between the glass walls of the cage and the surface of the cork bark.
The antenna was not denervated in the basal segments, because proprioceptors between the articulations of these joints monitor antenna movement and denervation of these structures might disrupt the animal's thigmotactic behavior (Hartman and Austin, 1972; Sandeman, 1985; Basil and Sandeman, 2000).
Because of their thigmotactic behavior and preference of thrips for inhabiting concealed spaces on plants (Lewis 1973), feeding is concentrated near the base of emerging leaves.
nudus is highly thigmotactic and will remain active, attempting to escape, unless there is a place to shelter (McGaw, 2001).