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Biological Colloquium
Prey catching in archerfish: from high-speed decisions to identified neurons

Ulm University

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Stefan Schuster, University of Bayreuth, Department of Animal Physiology

Abstract: Archerfish have one of nature's most remarkable hunting techniques: they down aerial prey with a precisely aimed jet of water fired over considerable distance. A surprising range of outstanding abilities come packaged with this ability. I will highlight an extremely rapid and yet intriguingly complex decision the fish must accurately make to actually retrieve their prey. After introducing some of the fascinating aspects of these unusual high-speed decisions, I will report some of our current work on the underlying neuronal circuitry and present some surprising new findings on the role of the giant Mauthner cell.