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Social decision-making, cognition and behaviour in coral reef fishes




Dr. Simon Gingins - Dept. of Collective Behaviour, Max Planck Institute, Germany


On the reef, there is a lot of variation in terms of the way fish acquire food, use space, interact socially and cope with predation. Thanks to this diversity, coral reef fishes thus represent a prime system to test some of the emerging theories in behaviour & cognition. Using examples from my research on cleaning labrids, I will discuss how the ecology of a species can influence its cognitive abilities, its predator escape performance, and the way it deals with conflicts in cooperative interactions. I will also present the project that I’ve been working on at the IUI, which aims to understand how collective sensing and decision-making is influenced by social relationships in groups of Dascyllus marginatus.

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