Attack preferences of the red-bellied piranha (Serrasalmus nattereri)

Richard Foxx

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

8 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Single small piranha (Serrasalmus nattereri) were exposed once per day for 30 consecutive days to a single comet goldfish (Carassius auratus) as large or larger than the piranha. The area of the goldfish's body first attacked and time to first attack were recorded. In 87·9 per cent of the trials, first attack was in the tail area. Pre-experimental observations were reported of attacks upon the eyes of goldfish. Attacks upon the tail and eyes of living goldfish are viewed as general mechanisms of survival and adaptation of piranha in increasing the vulnerability and reducing the mobility of its prey.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-283
Number of pages4
JournalAnimal Behaviour
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1972

Fingerprint

goldfish
comet
vulnerability
tail
eyes
Carassius auratus
Serrasalmus
trial

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

Cite this

Foxx, Richard. / Attack preferences of the red-bellied piranha (Serrasalmus nattereri). In: Animal Behaviour. 1972 ; Vol. 20, No. 2. pp. 280-283.
@article{b04aab4c0dbc48da9ee9a6b4657d06ef,
title = "Attack preferences of the red-bellied piranha (Serrasalmus nattereri)",
abstract = "Single small piranha (Serrasalmus nattereri) were exposed once per day for 30 consecutive days to a single comet goldfish (Carassius auratus) as large or larger than the piranha. The area of the goldfish's body first attacked and time to first attack were recorded. In 87·9 per cent of the trials, first attack was in the tail area. Pre-experimental observations were reported of attacks upon the eyes of goldfish. Attacks upon the tail and eyes of living goldfish are viewed as general mechanisms of survival and adaptation of piranha in increasing the vulnerability and reducing the mobility of its prey.",
author = "Richard Foxx",
year = "1972",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/S0003-3472(72)80049-6",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "20",
pages = "280--283",
journal = "Animal Behaviour",
issn = "0003-3472",
publisher = "Academic Press Inc.",
number = "2",

}

Attack preferences of the red-bellied piranha (Serrasalmus nattereri). / Foxx, Richard.

In: Animal Behaviour, Vol. 20, No. 2, 01.01.1972, p. 280-283.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Attack preferences of the red-bellied piranha (Serrasalmus nattereri)

AU - Foxx, Richard

PY - 1972/1/1

Y1 - 1972/1/1

N2 - Single small piranha (Serrasalmus nattereri) were exposed once per day for 30 consecutive days to a single comet goldfish (Carassius auratus) as large or larger than the piranha. The area of the goldfish's body first attacked and time to first attack were recorded. In 87·9 per cent of the trials, first attack was in the tail area. Pre-experimental observations were reported of attacks upon the eyes of goldfish. Attacks upon the tail and eyes of living goldfish are viewed as general mechanisms of survival and adaptation of piranha in increasing the vulnerability and reducing the mobility of its prey.

AB - Single small piranha (Serrasalmus nattereri) were exposed once per day for 30 consecutive days to a single comet goldfish (Carassius auratus) as large or larger than the piranha. The area of the goldfish's body first attacked and time to first attack were recorded. In 87·9 per cent of the trials, first attack was in the tail area. Pre-experimental observations were reported of attacks upon the eyes of goldfish. Attacks upon the tail and eyes of living goldfish are viewed as general mechanisms of survival and adaptation of piranha in increasing the vulnerability and reducing the mobility of its prey.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0037747835&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0037747835&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/S0003-3472(72)80049-6

DO - 10.1016/S0003-3472(72)80049-6

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:0037747835

VL - 20

SP - 280

EP - 283

JO - Animal Behaviour

JF - Animal Behaviour

SN - 0003-3472

IS - 2

ER -