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Separate polarisation and brightness channels give crabs the edge over predators

August 23, 2019

Fiddler crabs see the polarisation of light and this gives them the edge when it comes to spotting…
Relationship between predators, prey is complicated

August 8, 2019

When we think about the relationship between predators and prey, it’s usually pretty simple: The hunted try to…
How do new predators change an ecosystem? Watch the prey!

June 11, 2019

Invading predators can devastate an ecosystem. In fact, a leading cause of extinction is the introduction of predators…
New model predicts impact of invasive lionfish predators

June 7, 2019

A new model is providing insight into the impact of a venomous predatory fish that has invaded more…
To study invasive predators, watch the prey

June 7, 2019

Invading predators can devastate an ecosystem. In fact, a leading cause of extinction is the introduction of predators…
Catfish use complex coordination to catch prey

April 24, 2019

Using a powerful X-ray imaging system, Brown University scientists found that catfish move joints throughout their head in…
Computer games for fish uncover why some prey lead and others follow

April 16, 2019

For the first time, researchers have shed new light on the evolution of different social roles within animal…
‘Nightmarish’ antlions’ spiral digging techniques create effective and deadly traps

March 28, 2019

A team of biologists and physicists, led by the University of Bristol, have uncovered new insights into how…
Return of the wolves: How deer escape tactics help save their lives

March 6, 2019

As gray wolves continue to make a strong comeback in Washington state, their presence can’t help but impact…
‘Seeing’ tails help sea snakes avoid predators

February 20, 2019

New research has revealed the fascinating adaptation of some Australian sea snakes that helps protect their vulnerable paddle-shaped…
Deaf moth evolves sound-production as a warning to outwit its predator

February 14, 2019

A genus of deaf moth has evolved to develop an extraordinary sound-producing structure in its wings to evade…
Flashing lights protect livestock in Chile — by deterring pumas

January 4, 2019

In the United States, some ranchers worry about wolf attacks on their livestock as the native predator is…
Predators drive Nemo’s relationship with an unlikely friend

November 29, 2018

Predators have been identified as the shaping force behind mutually beneficial relationships between species such as clownfish and…
Insect karate. Image credit: Catania Lab via YouTube (video screenshot)
Karate kicks keep cockroaches from becoming zombies, wasp chow

November 8, 2018

Rick Grimes has nothing on the humble American cockroach when it comes to avoiding zombification. Far from being…
Aspen is making a comeback in and around Yellowstone National Park, because of predators

September 5, 2018

The reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park is tied to the recovery of aspen in areas around…
Study finds Nemo’s bright colours protect it from predators

July 25, 2018

The colourful stripes of coral reef-dwelling clownfish may serve to warn predators about their poisonous anemone hosts, according…
Researchers net crucial estimate of white shark survival

July 23, 2018

It helped marine biologists better understand the migration patterns of sharks and other sea-dwelling creatures. But like the…
Sharks missing from most tropical coral reefs

June 21, 2018

Sharks are missing from most coral reefs near where humans are fishing – even in protected areas. This…
Why so blue? New research sheds light on why our iconic blue-tongue lizards have such colourful tongues

June 18, 2018

A new study by researchers at Macquarie University has shed light on why blue tongue lizards have such…
Male guppies grow larger brains in response to predator exposure

June 11, 2018

Male guppies exposed to predators in the wild or in captivity have heavier brains than those living in…
Lifting the economy on hawks’ wings

May 23, 2018

America’s smallest raptor, the American kestrel, can boost economies in Michigan and other fruit-growing states, new research shows.…
Giraffes surprise biologists yet again

May 21, 2018

It is commonly accepted that group sizes of animals increase when there is a risk of predation, since…
The complex nature of the food chain – removing big predators does not protect the birds

May 16, 2018

Humans always want to protect the weaker. When we see a situation in which animals are in danger,…
A Natural Fertilizer

March 29, 2018

It’s long been known that sharks help nourish coral reefs, but exactly to what extent has never been…
American kestrels, most common predatory birds in U.S., can reduce need for pesticide use

March 6, 2018

Farmers are reducing the environmental impacts of pesticide use by attracting birds of prey to their lands. In…
Applying Conservation Science

February 8, 2018

Can targeted conservation facilitate recovery of intertwined species? The Recovery & Resilience Lab at UC Santa Barbara is…
Novel research approach sheds light on how midsize predators interact

February 7, 2018

A novel research approach by Oregon State University has resulted in a key step toward better protecting the…
Lethal management of wolves in one place may make things worse nearby

January 11, 2018

Lethal management of wolves following wolf attacks on livestock may have unintended consequences, a new study by researchers…
A giant, prehistoric otter’s surprisingly powerful bite

November 10, 2017

 A massive, wolf-sized otter that lived about 6 million years ago may have been a dominant predator in…
Fish respond to predator attack by doubling growth rate

October 17, 2017

Scientists have known for years that when some fish sense predators eating members of their species, they try…
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