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  • Isopods exhibit a behavior called thigmokinesis, the tendency to maximize the body surface areas in contact with the substrate.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • According to Sutton Woodlice, 1972, the end result of thigmokinesis is increased protection against desiccation and predation.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • And now I bet I will have it stuck in my head for the next couple of days....thigmokinesis...

    Quick, get under the slug!


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  • 1. Movement, or inhibition of movement, in response to contact stimuli.

    2. A change in the velocity of linear or angular movement of an organism in response to a contact stimulus.

    December 3, 2007