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These fish build group homes that double as devious shrimp traps

Teamwork is dreamwork.

a tiny fish

Neolamprologus obscurus

Hirokazu Tanaka

A small, mysterious creature found only in a single lake in Zambia has become the first known case of a fish that uses teamwork to trap prey.

lives in groups that dig out little refuges under the rocks at the bottom of Lake Tanganyika. These crevices may also attract shrimp, which try to hide in March 6 in the journal . The more fish are on hand, the larger the burrow they can build—and the more shrimp it can catch.

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