Animal-borne imaging reveals novel insights into the foraging behaviors and Diel activity of a large-bodied apex predator, the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis).

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Nifong, James C.; Nifong, Rachel L.; Silliman, Brian R.; Lowers, Russell H.; Guillette, Louis J.; Ferguson, Jake M.; Welsh, Matthew; Abernathy, Kyler; Marshall, Greg;
  • Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
  • Journal: PLoS ONE, volume 9, issue 1 (issn: 1932-6203, eissn: 1932-6203)
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  • Identifiers: doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0083953, pmc: PMC3893291
  • Subject: Trophic Interactions | Research Article | Biology | Coastal Ecology | Behavioral Ecology | Animal Behavior | Community Ecology | Ecological Environments | Medicine | Herpetology | Q | Ecology | R | Evolutionary Biology | Species Interactions | Science | Aquatic Environments | Zoology

Large-bodied, top- and apex predators (e.g., crocodilians, sharks, wolves, killer whales) can exert strong top-down effects within ecological communities through their interactions with prey. Due to inherent difficulties while studying the behavior of these often danger... View more
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