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“Freshwater Killer Whales”: Beaching Behavior of an Alien Fish to Hunt Land Birds

  • Julien Cucherousset,

    Affiliations: CNRS, Université Paul Sabatier, ENFA, UMR 5174 EDB (Laboratoire Évolution & Diversité Biologique), Toulouse, France, Université de Toulouse, UMR 5174 EDB, Toulouse, France

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  • Stéphanie Boulêtreau,

    Affiliations: Université de Toulouse, INP, UPS, EcoLab (Laboratoire d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Environnement), Toulouse, France, CNRS, EcoLab, Toulouse, France

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  • Frédéric Azémar,

    Affiliations: Université de Toulouse, INP, UPS, EcoLab (Laboratoire d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Environnement), Toulouse, France, CNRS, EcoLab, Toulouse, France

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  • Arthur Compin,

    Affiliations: Université de Toulouse, INP, UPS, EcoLab (Laboratoire d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Environnement), Toulouse, France, CNRS, EcoLab, Toulouse, France

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  • Mathieu Guillaume,

    Affiliations: Université de Toulouse, INP, UPS, EcoLab (Laboratoire d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Environnement), Toulouse, France, CNRS, EcoLab, Toulouse, France

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  • Frédéric Santoul mail

    frederic.santoul@univ-tlse3.fr

    Affiliations: Université de Toulouse, INP, UPS, EcoLab (Laboratoire d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Environnement), Toulouse, France, CNRS, EcoLab, Toulouse, France

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  • Published: December 05, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0050840
  • Featured in PLOS Collections

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Posted by PLoS_ONE_Group on 07 Dec 2012 at 22:28 GMT

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Publication: The Inquisitr
Title: “Catfish Hunt Pigeons In France [Video]”
http://www.inquisitr.com/...

Publication: Science World Report
Title: “European Catfish or 'Freshwater Killer Whales' Caught Hunting Pigeons Near Shore [VIDEO]”
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Publication: Fox 4 News
Title: “VIRAL VIDEO: Giant Catfish Snatching Birds Off the Beach”
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Publication: Clarion Ledger
Title: “Adapt or die: Catfish hunt pigeons in France (Video) | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com”
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Publication: Daily Mail
Title: “Setting the catfish amongst the pigeons: The astonishing moment a fish leaps out of the water to catch a bird”
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Publication: The Blaze
Title: “Freshwater Killer Whales (a.k.a. Catfish) Are Now Eating Pigeons” See It!”
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Publication: Science Recorder
Title: “Researchers discover 'freshwater killer whales'”
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Publication: International Science Times
Title: “Catfish Hunt Pigeons: Watch Fish Attack Birds On Land [VIDEO] - International Science Times”
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Publication: Business Insider
Title: “Catfish Have Learned How To Hunt Pigeons - Business Insider”
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Publication: The Connexion
Title: “Fish spotted jumping out of water to catch pigeons on riverbank – The Connexion”
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Publication: i09
Title: “Watch this catfish go completely orca on a pigeon”
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Publication: Discover Magazine
Title: “The catfish that strands itself to kill pigeons : Not Exactly Rocket Science”
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Publication: Outdoor Life
Title: “VIDEO: Wels Catfish Catch and Eat Unsuspecting Pigeons | Outdoor Life”
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Publication: PRI's The World
Title: “Pigeon Hunting Catfish, the 'Freshwater Killer Whales' | PRI's The World”
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Publication: EveryONE PLoS ONE Community Blog
Title: “Prowling Catfish Catch Pigeons on Land | EveryONE”
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RE: Media Coverage of this Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 14 Dec 2012 at 23:14 GMT

The following article represents some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: Indian Country Today Media Network
Title: “'Freshwater Killer Whale' Catfish Squirm Onto Land to Grab Pigeons - ICTMN.com”
http://indiancountrytoday...

Publication: Huffington Post
Title: “Catfish Hunt Pigeons: Fish Catch Birds On Land In Display Of Adaptive Behavior (VIDEO)”
http://www.huffingtonpost...

Publication: Gawker
Title: “This Week in Sinister Evolutionary Leaps”
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Publication: Times Live
Title: “'Freshwater killer whale' Catfish hunt pigeons: video - Times LIVE”
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RE: RE: Media Coverage of this Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 21 Dec 2012 at 22:00 GMT

The following article represents some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: Bird Watch
Title: “Catfish among the pigeons | News | Birdwatch Magazine”
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