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Costs and benefits of swarming behaviour in mysids: does orientation and position in the swarm matter?

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posted on 2023-05-16, 11:10 authored by Ritz, DA, Metillo, EB
Mysids (Paramesopodopsis rufa) were tethered in both swarm and school formations in a flow tank to test whether food capture was influenced by orientation or position in the aggregation. Neither orientation nor position exerted a significant influence on food capture success. However, the two formations differed in that certain positions in the polarized configuration were significantly correlated. In addition individuals at the front of the aggregation captured more food (though non-significantly) with a significantly higher degree of variation. This experiment has demonstrated the feasibility of measuring food capture success in different locations within an aggregation of crustaceans.

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Publication title

Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

Volume

78

Pagination

1011-1014

ISSN

0025-3154

Department/School

School of Natural Sciences

Publisher

Cambridge Univ Press

Place of publication

Great Britain

Repository Status

  • Restricted

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Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences

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