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Predator

Definition

noun, plural: predators

(ecology) An organism that preys upon other organisms.


Supplement

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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Locomotory Evolution

... symmetry. a bilaterian fish enjoys much faster, unidirectional movement compared to a jellyfish. This could be advantages if the bilaterian is a predator or a prey for example. in the cambrain explosion it is believed that predator-prey coevolution drove much of the adaptive radiation that resulted ...

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by Youngji
Sun Feb 01, 2015 12:36 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Locomotory Evolution
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... down into additional viruses to replace those that have died off through the course of time. I assume that this would be a very efficient predator because they wouldn't produce much waste beyond dead viruses and they wouldn't even need to kill their prey, simply get themselves inside through ...

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by Tenebrae
Tue Nov 25, 2014 4:43 am
 
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Virus Questions [Science Fiction]
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Are predators always smarter than their prey?

... for innate behavior such as infants pursuing food immediately after birth and juveniles responding with alarm calls at the first time of meeting a predator. I think it is more than likely that animals do have many innate behaviors and ideas but proving that this is the case has proven difficult. ...

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by BasicBiology
Tue Nov 04, 2014 5:09 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 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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