Ballistic Beloniformes attacking through Snell's Window.

Abstract:

:Needlefishes (Beloniformes) were observed employing a range of stalking and attacking behaviours to attack schools of bait fishes ranging from the use of tactics common to predatory fishes to a novel behaviour: the use of leaping, aerial attacks. These aerial attacks are suggested to serve two purposes: to extend the attack range of the needlefishes and to reduce their prey's potential for evasion. Furthermore, a third purpose is hypothesized that the needlefishes are taking advantage of Snell's Window, an optical effect which may mask their approach to their prey.

journal_name

J Fish Biol

journal_title

Journal of fish biology

authors

Day RD,Mueller F,Carseldine L,Meyers-Cherry N,Tibbetts IR

doi

10.1111/jfb.12799

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2016-02-01 00:00:00

pages

727-34

issue

2

eissn

0022-1112

issn

1095-8649

journal_volume

88

pub_type

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