Fish as good as chimpanzees at choosing the best partner for a task

September 8, 2014 4:21 PM

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Fish as good as chimpanzees at choosing the best partner for a task

Coral trout are fast when chasing prey above the reefs of their habitat, but can't pursue their quarry if it buries itself into a hard-to-reach reef crevice.

When this happens, the trout will team up with a snake-like moray eel to flush out the unfortunate fish in a remarkable piece of interspecies collaboration: either the eel takes the prey in the reef, or scares it back into the open so the trout can pounce.

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