Do crabs feel pain?

I posted some time ago about a study suggesting that crustaceans may feel “pain”. It is obviously very difficult to assess what this means outside of humans, but there is a new follow-up study being discussed in the science news that adds a little more insight. Here are some links:

Crabs Not Only Suffer Pain, But Retain Memory Of It

Crabs’ memory of pain confirmed by Queen’s academic

Boiling Mad: Crabs Feel Pain

The actual paper.

1 comment to Do crabs feel pain?

  • MattK

    I always thought that it was odd that people just assumed that decapods don’t experience pain. I like clever experiments like this.

    Too bad Queens is have to make such deep cuts.


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