Predatory fish select for coordinated collective motion in virtual prey.

@article{Ioannou2012PredatoryFS,
  title={Predatory fish select for coordinated collective motion in virtual prey.},
  author={Christos C. Ioannou and Vishwesha Guttal and Iain D. Couzin},
  journal={Science},
  year={2012},
  volume={337 6099},
  pages={1212-5}
}
Movement in animal groups is highly varied and ranges from seemingly disordered motion in swarms to coordinated aligned motion in flocks and schools. These social interactions are often thought to reduce risk from predators, despite a lack of direct evidence. We investigated risk-related selection for collective motion by allowing real predators (bluegill sunfish) to hunt mobile virtual prey. By fusing simulated and real animal behavior, we isolated predator effects while controlling for… CONTINUE READING
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