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Social organization and information transfer in schooling fishes
Couzin, I.D.; James, R.; Mawdsley, D.; Croft, D.P.; Krause, J. (2006). Social organization and information transfer in schooling fishes, in: Brown, C. et al. (Ed.) Fish cognition and behavior. Fish and Aquatic Resources Series, 11: pp. 166-185
In: Brown, C.; Laland, K.N.; Krause, J. (Ed.) (2006). Fish cognition and behavior. Fish and Aquatic Resources Series, 11. Blackwell Publishing: Oxford. ISBN 978-1-4051-3429-3. XVIII, 328 pp., more
In: Pitcher, T.J. (Ed.) Fish and Aquatic Resources Series. Blackwell Science: Oxford. ISSN 1746-2606, more

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Keywords
    Caves; Fish culture; Lateral line; Organizations; Social behaviour; Anoptichthys jordani; Characidae Latreille, 1825 [WoRMS]; Pisces [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Couzin, I.D.
  • James, R.
  • Mawdsley, D.
  • Croft, D.P.
  • Krause, J.

Abstract
    As fishes move through spaces they sense their environment, process information and frequently react to both internal and external stimuli (Odling-Smee & Braithwaite 2003; and see Chapter 7). Even blind cave fish (Anoptichthys jordani, Characidae), using their lateral line in the absence of vision, can build up some contextual representation of the geometrical space in which they live (von Campen-hausen et al. 1981; Burt de Perera 2004). Thanks to integration of behaviour through interaction between individuals, in schooling species the way in which spatial representation, and other experiences are acquired depends not only on an individual's information processing, but also on that of other group members. Even if groups are not strictly coherent entities relative to the timescale over which certain ecologically important factors occur (such as movement from one source of food to another) schooling still biases motion, and thus the potential for information acquisition by individuals. Thus the social behaviour of fishes has the potential to influence how, and what, information is acquired by members of a population.

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