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How Rising Temperatures Affect Ocean Predation
A study yields insights into how predator-prey dynamics may shift with climate change, but many questions remain.
How Rising Temperatures Affect Ocean Predation
How Rising Temperatures Affect Ocean Predation

A study yields insights into how predator-prey dynamics may shift with climate change, but many questions remain.

A study yields insights into how predator-prey dynamics may shift with climate change, but many questions remain.

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Vole in a meadow
Voles Trim Tall Grass to Prevent Attacks
Natalia Mesa | Mar 14, 2022
Mongolian rodents join the ranks of earthworms and beavers as known ecosystem engineers.
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Biophysicist Adrianus Kalmijn Dies at 88
Chloe Tenn | Jan 11, 2022
His work revealed that sharks use an electromagnetic sense to navigate and detect prey.
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Some Mammals May Use Specialized Hairs to Detect Predators’ Heat
Amanda Heidt | Dec 16, 2021
When observed under a microscope, guard hairs from mice resemble optical sensors used in thermal cameras to detect heat, according to a new study.
How a Centipede Survives its Own Species’ Venom
Shawna Williams | Nov 1, 2020
The same toxin targets different receptors in prey and conspecifics to deliver either a lethal or non-lethal blow.
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This Ogre-Faced Spider Can Hear Prey Through Its Legs
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 29, 2020
The tropical net-casting spider Deinopis spinosa joins several other arachnid species that can hear sounds from afar without the help of a web, or even ears—an ability that aids its unique hunting tactics.
Mark Konishi, Pioneer of Studying Behavior’s Neural Basis, Dies
Ashley Yeager | Aug 14, 2020
The Caltech scientist was revered for his work on the neurobiology of birdsong and owls’ ability to home in on their prey.
Image of the Day: Bespectacled Mantis
Emily Makowski | Dec 10, 2019
Insects wearing 3-D glasses detect computer-generated prey.
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Spider’s Orange Colors Both Lure Prey and Frighten Predators
Jake Buehler | Apr 22, 2019
Spotted coin spider colors are a Swiss army knife of deception, bringing food closer, and keeping assailants at bay.
Image of the Day: A Sticky Situation
The Scientist Staff | Jan 31, 2017
When a frog’s whip-like tongue hits its prey, its saliva becomes thick and sticky in order to grip the food.
Chameleons Catch Prey with Sticky Spit
Alison F. Takemura | Jun 22, 2016
The lizard’s saliva is thick enough to drag a cricket to its alimentary demise, scientists show.
Study: Small Fish Comforted By Big Predators
Tanya Lewis | Apr 28, 2016
Baby fish show fewer signs of stress in the presence of large fish that scare off midsize predators. 
Butterflies Weaponize Milkweed Toxins
Geoffrey Giller | Nov 4, 2015
Monarch and queen caterpillars store toxic compounds from their milkweed diet to ward off predators into adulthood, a new study suggests.
The Sea Hare’s Chemical Attack
Kate Yandell | Mar 29, 2013
The slug-like marine animals squirt a substance at lobsters that makes the predators lose their ability to smell.
Predator-Savvy Shark Embryos
Jef Akst | Jan 10, 2013
Bamboo sharks still developing in their egg cases respond to a predator presence by ceasing movement and even breathing.
Mites Remember Enemies, Fight Back
Dan Cossins | Oct 11, 2012
Mites that were attacked by rival species as juveniles attack the young of their former assailants more frequently when they reach adulthood.
Archaean Prey
Jef Akst | Mar 13, 2012
Animals can and do eat Archaea.