Topic: Animal behavior

Bats Use Water Ripples to Hunt Frogs

Jan. 23, 2014

[caption id="attachment_44264" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Ripples continue for several seconds after a male tungara frog has stopped calling. Credit: Ryan Taylor/Salisbury University"]
Male Tungara Frog

AUSTIN, Texas  As the male túngara frog serenades female frogs from a pond, he creates watery ripples that make him easier to target by rivals and predators such as bats, according to researchers from The University of Texas at Austin, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Leiden University and Salisbury University.

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Singing Mice Protect Their Turf With High-Pitched Tunes

Sept. 27, 2013

Two species of tawny brown singing mice that live deep in the mountain cloud forests of Costa Rica and Panama set their boundaries by emitting high-pitched trills, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered.

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Females Can Place Limits on Evolution of Attractive Features in Males, Research Shows

Aug. 5, 2011

Female cognitive ability can limit how melodious or handsome males become over evolutionary time, biologists from The University of Texas at Austin, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute have observed.

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Science fiction meets real biology in "Avatar"

June 7, 2011

In the latest installment of Science Study Break, Dr. Misha Matz of the School of Biological Sciences reveals the real science behind the science fiction world of the film "Avatar."

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Bat Love Songs Decoded

Aug. 25, 2009

It might not sound like crooners singing about love on the radio, but bats sing love songs to each other too, say researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Texas AandM University who are believed to be the first to decode the mysterious sounds made by the winged creatures.

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