Small fish trick predators with fake ‘eye’

Small prey fish can greatly improve the chances of survival by simultaneously reducing the size of their eyes and growing an “eye” on their rear fin, new research has shown.

The discovery in small damsel fish followed debate over false eyespots on less vulnerable regions of the bodies of prey animals.

Juvenile damsel fish with enlarged eye spots had a five times higher survival rate of fish with a normal-sized spot, the research found.

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