Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 8, Issue 3–4, pp 191–202 | Cite as

The ‘lie-in-wait’ feeding mode of a cryptic teleost,Synanceia verrucosa

  • David B. Grobecker
Paper from a symposium Behavioral Tactics of Predator and Prey


The foraging strategy of the stonefish,Synanceia verrucosa was investigated. Using regular- and high-speed cinematography (32–1,000 fps), experiments were designed to test the idea that the stonefish utilizes a functional repertoire of feeding modes that depend on prey location. A kinematic profile of each feeding mode is described and illustrated. Foraging in this cryptic predator with a consideration of its associated ambush site is discussed.


Feeding repertoire High speed cinematography Behavior Foraging mode Aggressive resemblance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David B. Grobecker
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  1. 1.College of Fisheries, WH-10University of WashingtonSeattleU.S.A.

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