Microhabitat evaluation and utilization by a foraging predator

Sit-and-wait foraging is a distinct strategy that involves significant investments prior to prey encounters. However, the complexity of decisions involved in selecting, maintaining and abandoning ambush sites provides considerable opportunity for learning and flexibility, particularly for trap-building predators, such as web-building spiders. Most research into the behaviour of trap-building predators has focused on the initiation […]

Smells familiar: group-joining decisions of predatory mites are mediated by olfactory cues of social familiarity

Group-living animals frequently have to trade off the costs and benefits of leaving an established group and joining another group. Owing to their high fitness relevance, group-joining decisions are commonly nonrandom and may be based on traits of both individual members and the group such as life stage, body size, social status and group density […]

Coral reef fish incorporate multiple sources of visual and chemical information to mediate predation risk

Behavioural ecology is rife with examples of the way in which prey animals make decisions to alter when, where and how they forage or reproduce in response to variation in predation risk. Given that animals cannot have perfectly accurate information regarding the relative costs and benefits of each decision made, the process of decision making […]