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Aristotle's observations of the foraging interactions of the red mullet (Mullidae: Mullus spp) and sea bream (Sparidae: Diplodus spp)

Aristotle's observations of the foraging interactions of the red mullet (Mullidae: Mullus spp)... A brief but detailed observation which Aristotle made regarding the foraging behavior of the red mullet (Mullus surmuletus) is examined closely in order to better understand the substance of the discussion. Aristotle's description of the heterospecific red mullet/sea bream foraging behavior is evaluated in light of contemporary observations and life history characteristics. Possible methods, including underwater observations with the use of diving equipment and observations in fish ponds, employed by Aristotle in making these observations are discussed. I also speculate on the ways in which the red mullet/sea bream interaction might be thought of as gregarious behavior according to Aristotle. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Natural History Edinburgh University Press

Aristotle's observations of the foraging interactions of the red mullet (Mullidae: Mullus spp) and sea bream (Sparidae: Diplodus spp)

Archives of Natural History , Volume 35 (1): 164 – Apr 1, 2008

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Edinburgh University Press
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Copyright © The Society for the History of Natural History
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0260-9541
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1755-6260
DOI
10.3366/E0260954108000156
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Abstract

A brief but detailed observation which Aristotle made regarding the foraging behavior of the red mullet (Mullus surmuletus) is examined closely in order to better understand the substance of the discussion. Aristotle's description of the heterospecific red mullet/sea bream foraging behavior is evaluated in light of contemporary observations and life history characteristics. Possible methods, including underwater observations with the use of diving equipment and observations in fish ponds, employed by Aristotle in making these observations are discussed. I also speculate on the ways in which the red mullet/sea bream interaction might be thought of as gregarious behavior according to Aristotle.

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Archives of Natural HistoryEdinburgh University Press

Published: Apr 1, 2008

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