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Shyness pays off...when you're a hungry prawn

If you’re a prawn, it pays to not go boldly where no one has gone before.
rockpool prawn

Rockpool prawns like this one can have different personalities.

When it comes to survival, you might think that creatures who boldly seek new resources and new habitats stand the best chance. For some animals, that’s true. But for others, staying put produces better results. A new study from the University of Exeter on shyness in rockpool prawns shows just that. Published in the journal , the paper demonstrates an odd-sounding finding—boldest isn’t always best.

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