Preparing for escape: anti-predator posture and fast-start performance in gobies.

  title={Preparing for escape: anti-predator posture and fast-start performance in gobies.},
  author={H{\aa}kan Br{\"o}nmark Turesson and Andrea Satta and Paolo Domenici},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  volume={212 18},
The adoption of postures as a response to threats is often interpreted in terms of predator detection or signalling (e.g. vigilance and defence display). The possibility that an alternative or additional function of anti-predator postures might be to enhance the subsequent escape has been largely unexplored. Here, we use black goby (Gobius niger) to test the hypothesis that a postural curvature caused by a bending response (i.e. a slow muscle contraction which bends the body with no forward… CONTINUE READING
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