Multiyear social stability and social information use in reef sharks with diel fission–fusion dynamics

  title={Multiyear social stability and social information use in reef sharks with diel fission–fusion dynamics},
  author={Yannis P. Papastamatiou and Thomas W. Bodey and Jennifer E. Caselle and Darcy Bradley and Robin Freeman and Alan M. Friedlander and David M. P. Jacoby},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society B},
Animals across vertebrate taxa form social communities and often exist as fission–fusion groups. Central place foragers (CPF) may form groups from which they will predictably disperse to forage, either individually or in smaller groups, before returning to fuse with the larger group. However, the function and stability of social associations in predatory fish acting as CPFs is unknown, as individuals do not need to return to a shelter yet show fidelity to core areas. Using dynamic social… 

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