Wild Things: Life as We Know It
Cobras, sharks, lemurs, hermit crabs and more...
- By T. A. Frail, Megan Gambino, Laura Helmuth, Erica R. Hendry and Abigail Tucker
- Smithsonian magazine, July-August 2010,
(Franco Banfi / Photolibrary)
Scientists suspected that the common thresher shark used its long tail to capture food—and now they have video to prove it. Researchers working off the coast of Southern California with an underwater camera recorded 29 shark strikes. In the 19 successful strikes, a shark swung the upper part of its caudal fin to hit and stun a fish, immobilizing its prey before digging in to eat.
“Birch (Betula spp.) leaves adsorb and re-release volatiles specific to neighbouring plants – a mechanism for associational herbivore resistance?” Sari J. Himanen et al., New Phytologist, March 10, 2010
“A seasnake’s colour affects its susceptibility to algal fouling,” R. Shine et al., Proceedings of the Royal Society B, April 7, 2010
“Mate choice and mate competition by a tropical hummingbird at a floral resource,” Ethan J. Temeles and W. John Kress, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, February 3, 2010
“Socially induced brain development in a facultatively eusocial sweat bee Megalopta genalis (Halictidae),” Adam R. Smith et al., Proceedings of the Royal Society B, March 24, 2010
“Conditioned taste aversion enhances the survival of an endangered predator imperiled by a toxic invader,” Stephanie O’Donnell et al., Journal of Applied Ecology, April 13, 2010