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Predatory fish select for coordinated collective motion in virtual prey

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Published on Aug 16, 2012

Coordinated collective motion in groups of animals is seen across taxa but its adaptive significance in avoiding predation is not well supported by empirical work. Here we used computer-generated prey to manipulate and control prey behaviour, and show that these prey are selected to evolve coordinated group behaviours when attacked by bluegill sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus).
Our paper has just been published: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/337.... If you don't have a subscription to the journal and want the .pdf, email me or try http://icouzin.princeton.edu/lab-publ...

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