Watanabe A and Takeda K (1963) The change of discharge frequency by A.C. stimulus in a weakly electric fish. J Exp Biol 40:57-66.

This classic paper was the first to describe behavioral aspects of the jamming avoidance response (JAR) in a weakly electric fish. Since its publication in 1963, this seminal work has been cited 81 times at an average rate of about 2.5 citations per year. The citation rate has remained pretty steady over the past three decades with a notable period of higher activity from 1977-1980 (19 citations in 4 years) as the Heiligenberg lab began unraveling the neural substrates of the JAR in considerable detail. For the most part this classic paper hasn't had much direct impact beyond the electrosensory community -- most of the citations come from papers on a) the neural substrates of the JAR, b) comparative analysis of JAR-related behaviors in other electric fish, and c) analysis of the behavioral significance for electrocommunication. There are a couple of citations from related areas of neuroethology (auditory communication in treefrogs, electrosensory modulation of escape responses). The broader impact of this work stems from its progeny, notably the detailed work by the Heiligenberg lab beginning in the mid 70s, that went on to describe the neural mechanisms and information processing principles of the JAR in magnificent detail.
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Mark Nelson, Sept 96, bargraph generated by M. MacIver