disturbance effect

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An effect of animals feeding in groups and disturbing prey. For example, undisturbed shrimps (Corophium spp.) live with their tails sticking out of the mud surface, but when disturbed vanish into the mud. Redshank (Tringa totanus), feeding close together, are likely to disturb each other's prey, to their mutual disadvantage.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.

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