Long-beaked common dolphins circling a sardine baitball

Predator

Predators are creatures that catch and kill other animals for food. All sorts of techniques are employed by different animals to maximise their chance of catching prey, and to balance the energy expended in catching prey with the energy gained in eating it. Some execute long chases, outrunning their prey, others ambush or hunt in groups. Some construct elaborate traps and many have mechanisms for stunning or poisoning their victims.

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Animals with this behaviour

Mammals

Birds

Reptiles

Amphibians

Cartilaginous fish

Ray-finned fishes

Lobe-finned fishes

Cephalopods

Insects

Arachnids

Merostomata

Snails and slugs

Starfish

Jellyfish

Behaviours

Other Predation strategy behaviours

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