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Mar
13

Cooperative Hunting

I’ve been trying to figure out whether species that are not as advanced as primates are able to represent the behavior of another organism as directed toward a goal. This is a big step and its different than being SENSITIVE to the goals of other organisms. Ants in a colony are sensitive to the behavior of the ant next to them, but the question is can any species represent another organism as pursuing goal. 

I thought that a place to start might be in coordinated predation situations in which the hunting animals have to represent escape routes of prey or represent the prey as pursuing shelter, etc. I don’t think I found any convincing examples, but I did see the article. Apparently some Groupers recruit moray eels to help them hunt. They then go and hunt together! 

http://www.plosbiology.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pbio.0040431

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