First evidence of kleptoparasitism in sharks

Published on
10. June 2020

Heterospecific foraging associations between reef‐associated sharks: first evidence of kleptoparasitism in sharks

Pierre Labourgade, Laurent Ballesta, Charlie Huveneers, Yannis Papastamatiou, Johann Mourier


Social foraging allows groups of predators to search for, pursue, and capture prey with greater efficiency than using solitary hunting. It can vary in complexity and take many forms ranging from cooperative hunting, to social information sharing and local enhancement (Lang and Farine 2017). Theoretical and empirical studies support the advantages of group foraging, although there will be trade‐offs between benefits, such as increased prey detection or capture success, and costs such as increased competition amongst group members (Gil et al. 2017).

Ecological Society of America, DOI: 10.1002/ecy.3117


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