Life as We Know It
Flight of the hummingbird, termite cloning and the rise of the octopus
- By Joseph Caputo, T.A. Frail, Megan Gambino, Abigail Tucker and Sarah Zielinski
- Smithsonian magazine, June 2009
Name: The largemouth bass, Micropterus salmoides.
Hook Me Once: It strikes hard and fights long, and so is prized by anglers.
Hook Me Twice: An individual bass' likelihood of being caught depends in part on its parentage, say researchers led by the University of Illinois. In their 20-year study, fish prone to take the bait produced highly susceptible offspring; fish prone to forgo it produced less-hookable offspring.
Hook Me Three Times: Unlucky anglers have a new, genetic excuse: the gullible wild bass have been caught, leaving only the wily ones.
"Tail Shedding in Island Lizards [Lacertidae, Reptilia]: Decline of Antipredator Defenses in Relaxed Predation Environments," P. Pafilis et al., Evolution, May 2009.
"New Octopods (Cephalopoda: Coleoidea) from the Late Cretaceous (Upper Cenomanian) of Hâkel and Hâdjoula, Lebanon," Dirk Fuchs et al., Palaeontology, December 31, 2008.
"Queen Succession Through Asexual Reproduction in Termites," Kenji Matsuura et al., Science, March 27, 2009.
"Wingbeat Time and the Scaling of Passive Rotational Damping in Flapping Flight," Tyson L. Hedrick et al., Science, April 10, 2009.
"Selection for Vulnerability to Angling in Largemouth Bass," David Philipp et al., Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, January 2009.