Cleaner Fish Alter Behavior if Partners Can See Them “Cheating”
Cleaner Fish Alter Behavior if Partners Can See Them “Cheating”
A study of feeding behavior suggests the fish feed differently in front of their partners—a behavioral feature also found in primates.
Cleaner Fish Alter Behavior if Partners Can See Them “Cheating”
Cleaner Fish Alter Behavior if Partners Can See Them “Cheating”

A study of feeding behavior suggests the fish feed differently in front of their partners—a behavioral feature also found in primates.

A study of feeding behavior suggests the fish feed differently in front of their partners—a behavioral feature also found in primates.

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Some Barnacles Can Move Around to Improve Feeding Position
Some Barnacles Can Move Around to Improve Feeding Position
Chloe Tenn | Oct 6, 2021
The Scientist spoke with marine biologist and barnacle researcher John Zardus about why turtle barnacles—previously thought to be immobile—in fact slowly travel. He thinks the answer is food.
Bacterial Symbionts Tell Ticks When to Eat
Bacterial Symbionts Tell Ticks When to Eat
Abby Olena | Oct 1, 2021
The endosymbiont Coxiella affects tick serotonin production and subsequent blood-feeding behavior, a study finds.
Gut Microbes Help Coordinate Immune Activity in Mice
Gut Microbes Help Coordinate Immune Activity in Mice
Catherine Offord | Jul 29, 2021
The microbiota helps align a mouse’s innate immune system with its feeding patterns, prepping the animal to fend off infection when it’s most likely to be eating.
New Role for Leptin: Promoting Synapse Formation in Rat Neurons
New Role for Leptin: Promoting Synapse Formation in Rat Neurons
Abby Olena | May 20, 2021
The hormone, which is well known for regulating appetite, appears to influence neuronal development—a finding that could shed light on disorders such as autism that involve dysfunctional synapse formation.
Innovative Birds Face a Lower Risk of Extinction
Innovative Birds Face a Lower Risk of Extinction
Michael Graw | Jul 13, 2020
Species that come up with new ways to find food may be more likely to survive in habitats disturbed by agriculture and other human activities.
Social Bonds Among Captive Vampire Bats Persist in the Wild
Social Bonds Among Captive Vampire Bats Persist in the Wild
Emily Makowski | Nov 1, 2019
Bats that share food with their hungry cage-mates stay close after being released.
Johannes Kohl Untangles the Neural Circuitry Behind Instinct
Johannes Kohl Untangles the Neural Circuitry Behind Instinct
Nicoletta Lanese | Oct 1, 2019
The Francis Crick Institute neurobiologist aims to learn how physiological states, such as hunger, alter information processing in the brain.
Image of the Day: Fish that Eat Fish
Image of the Day: Fish that Eat Fish
Emily Makowski | Sep 13, 2019
Researchers categorize the different jaws of piscivorous fishes.
Image of the Day: Catfished
Image of the Day: Catfished
Chia-Yi Hou | Apr 24, 2019
The skull bones of a catfish move in coordination when capturing prey.
Image of the Day: On the Hunt
Image of the Day: On the Hunt
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 30, 2018
The Fiordland penguins of New Zealand travel thousands of kilometers in search of food.
Image of the Day: Warp Speed
Image of the Day: Warp Speed
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 5, 2018
Snipefish use a recoil mechanism to feed rapidly.
Satiated Fish Swim at the Back of the Pack
Satiated Fish Swim at the Back of the Pack
Ashley Yeager | Jul 1, 2018
Digesting a big meal takes energy, forcing some minnows to swim in spots at the rear of a school.
Infographic: Swimming After Eating
Infographic: Swimming After Eating
Ashley Yeager | Jun 30, 2018
How a meal affects minnows' positions in their schools
Exercise Warms the Brain, Causing Mice to Eat Less
Exercise Warms the Brain, Causing Mice to Eat Less
Kerry Grens | Apr 24, 2018
Directly activating a heat sensor also sensitive to capsaicin in chili peppers in the hypothalamus had the same effect as exercise.
Tadpoles Keep Eating Because They Don’t Feel Full
Tadpoles Keep Eating Because They Don’t Feel Full
Catherine Offord | Mar 27, 2018
Baby frogs don’t develop the neural circuitry responsible for feeding inhibition until they begin metamorphosing into adults. 
Image of the Day: Plastic Feast
Image of the Day: Plastic Feast
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Oct 30, 2017
New research suggests that plastic might just “taste good” to hard corals.
Study: Ship Noise Disturbs Humpback Whales’ Meals
Study: Ship Noise Disturbs Humpback Whales’ Meals
Alison F. Takemura | Aug 11, 2016
Researchers report the first evidence that nearby vessels may impair the cetaceans’ foraging abilities.
Increasing Seal Pup Numbers Influence Feral-Horse Feeding Habits
Increasing Seal Pup Numbers Influence Feral-Horse Feeding Habits
Catherine Offord | Aug 1, 2016
Researchers reveal how seals affect vegetation patterns and influence the movement of feral horse populations on Sable Island in Canada.
Gut Bugs to Brain: You’re Stuffed
Gut Bugs to Brain: You’re Stuffed
Kerry Grens | Nov 24, 2015
Bacteria in the intestine produce proteins that stop rodents from eating.