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Predator

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noun, plural: predators

(ecology) An organism that preys upon other organisms.


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In ecology, predators are those animals that live by preying on other organisms for food. Many predators hunt and eventually kill their prey, such as lion preying upon a buffalo, mantis eating a bee, baleen whale consuming millions of microscopic planktons, etc.


Word origin: Latin praedātor, pillager, from praedārī, to plunder
Related forms: predation (noun)

Compare: prey


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Re: Are predators always smarter than their prey?

... My only issue with this article is the statement, I made bold in the quote Detecting predators In order to effectively avoid and respond to predation, animals must first identify the presence of a potential predator. The ability to recognize ...

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by Gannet
Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:18 am
 
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Are predators always smarter than their prey?
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Re: Are predators always smarter than their prey?

Also, usually when the predator hunts it seeks out the weakest or slowest: young, old, sick . True, as I found out years ago. This is exactly the same matter relating to case # 4 on the said first list: "Predators that do not choose ...

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by piscilactovegetarian
Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:03 am
 
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Are predators always smarter than their prey?
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Re: Are predators always smarter than their prey?

My opinion it is not a matter of which is more intelligent, the knowledge each have is learned by experience and some prey and predator coevolve such as Ringed Seals and Polar Bears. Also, usually when the predator(s) hunt it seeks out the weakest or slowest: young, old, sick .

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by Gannet
Sat Feb 22, 2014 2:46 pm
 
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Are predators always smarter than their prey?
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Re: Species Perfection?

I suppose that depends on what you mean by perfection. Survival or reproductive success, survivability, becoming an apex predator, perfection is kind of nebulous concept when it comes to life.

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by NMLevesque
Fri Nov 22, 2013 6:03 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Species Perfection?
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Species Perfection?

... suppose you cant perfect the already perfect when it comes to evolution and natural selection, ya gotta admit they are pretty perfect as an ambush predator nothing really matches them. Where it does chop an change is when you have populations of organisms evolving in an isolated area such as an ...

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by vk4vfx
Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:36 am
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Species Perfection?
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