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Ballistic Beloniformes attacking through Snellís Window


Day, RD and Mueller, F and Carseldine, L and Meyers-Cherry, N and Tibbets, IR, Ballistic Beloniformes attacking through Snell's Window, Journal of Fish Biology, 88, (2) pp. 727-734. ISSN 0022-1112 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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© 2015 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles

DOI: doi:10.1111/jfb.12799


Needlefishes (Beloniformes) were observed employing a range of stalking and attacking behaviours to attack schools of bait fishes ranging from the use of tactics common to predatory fishes to a novel behaviour: the use of leaping, aerial attacks. These aerial attacks are suggested to serve two purposes: to extend the attack range of the needlefishes and to reduce their preyís potential for evasion. Furthermore, a third purpose is hypothesized that the needlefishes are taking advantage of Snellís Window, an optical effect which may mask their approach to their prey.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:predation, optics, aerial, behaviour, fish vision, needlefishes
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Zoology
Research Field:Animal behaviour
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Day, RD (Dr Ryan Day)
ID Code:104413
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2015-11-11
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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