alarm substance

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A substance released from the skin of injured fish that causes an immediate alarm reaction among fish nearby, leading to the dispersal of a school formed by members of the same species. Originally discovered in minnows and other Cyprinidae, the alarm substance is probably present in several fish families.

Subjects: Ecology and Conservation — Zoology and Animal Sciences.

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