Coral degradation impairs learning of non-predators by Whitetail damselfish

Douglas Chivers, Mark McCormick, Eric Fakan, Jake Edmiston & Maud Ferrari
A prerequisite for effective antipredator responses is the ability of the prey to distinguish animals that pose a threat from those that do not. Prey often have efficient learning mechanisms to learn threats but learning to recognize nonpredators may be equally or more important. Moreover, the ability to generalize learned information is of key importance for prey animals. Prey take information they know about one species to make ‘educated guesses’ about the predatory/nonpredatory status of...
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