Image caption: Harlequin filefish in coral.
Original Published Date: 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

In a world first study researchers have found a coral-eating fish that disguises its smell to hide from predators. The study’s lead author Dr Rohan Brooker from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University said for many animals vision is less important than their sense of smell because predators often rely on odours to find their prey. “By feeding on corals, the harlequin filefish ends up smelling enough like its food that predators have a hard time distinguishing it from the surrounding coral habitat,” Dr Brooker said.

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Image credit: Tane Sinclair-Taylor