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September 3, 2013

Fish grows false eye on rear fin to confuse predators

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From the New York Times: "Tiny damsel fish will grow a false eye on their rear fins when constantly exposed to predators, say researchers at Australia's ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. The eye mark helps the fish escape by making it appear to be moving in the opposite direction."

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Details on the ARC Centre website.

A paper describing the discovery, "Predator-induced changes in the growth of eyes and false eyespots," was published last month in Scientific Reports: read it here.

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