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How bombardier beetles survive being eaten – and other amazing animal defence mechanisms

Citation
Bussiere L (2018) How bombardier beetles survive being eaten – and other amazing animal defence mechanisms. The Conversation. 07.02.2018. https://theconversation.com/how-bombardier-beetles-survive-being-eaten-and-other-amazing-animal-defence-mechanisms-91288

Abstract
First paragraph: In Disney’s film version of Pinnochio, the boy-puppet rescues his creator Geppetto by lighting a fire inside Monstro the whale, who has swallowed them both. The fire causes the whale to sneeze, freeing Pinnochio and Geppetto from their gastric prison. Before you dismiss this getaway as incredible fantasy, consider that new research shows that a kind of fire in the belly can actually be an effective strategy for escaping predators in the real world. In fact, the animal kingdom is full of amazing examples of unusual defence mechanisms that help small creatures avoid a nasty fate.

StatusPublished
Author(s)Bussiere, Luc
Publication date online07/02/2018
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/26640
PublisherThe Conversation Trust
Publisher URLhttps://theconversation.com/…mechanisms-91288
Place of publicationLondon
ISSNNo ISSN
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