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Zoologger: Bagpiper fish keeps intruders away with song

The Lusitanian toadfish is quite noisy for a fish. It whistles, grunts and croaks, even forming choruses to attract mates and repel competitors

Zoologger: Hollow marine monsters as big as whales

Huge colonies of marine invertebrates known as pyrosomes may coordinate their jet-like propulsion system by flashing lights at each other

Zoologger: The baby spiders that munch up their mum

It's a family meal with a ghoulish difference: young velvet spiders feast on their mother to help them survive in the desert

Zoologger: Moustache helps hipster spider catch prey

How do you attract food if you're a spider hunting in pitch-dark at night? Evolve a bright moustache, of course!

Zoologger: Oral sex may be a life saver for spider

Male Darwin's bark spider use genital lubrication and binding to stop their mates from eating them after copulation

Zoologger: Insect females hell-bent on wiping out males

Female Australian spiny leaf stick insects are so keen to keep sexual partners away that they have evolved self-defence moves and an anti-aphrodisiac scent

The island paradise overrun by giant cannibals

Wall lizards in Greece find cannibalism the best way to remove young rivals

Zoologger: Judo spider finds armoured foe's Achilles heel

The armoured harvestman is too hard a nut for most predators to crack. But the recluse spider uses a martial arts move to sting it where it hurts

Zoologger: Spider has sex, then chews off own genitals

Self-castration after once-in-a-lifetime sex helps coin spiders protect their mate from the unwanted attentions of other males

Zoologger: The tasty crab that looks like an ugly frog

Is it a frog? Is it a crab? One look at a frog crab explains its name, but how these curious animals evolved has long been a mystery

Zoologger: Baby lobster with a taste for jellyfish surfing

Smooth fan lobster larvae hop aboard passing jellyfish for a free ride and a gourmet meal. But to survive the trip they need a strict beauty regime

Zoologger: The bird that mimics a toxic caterpillar

To avoid being eaten by snakes and monkeys, the chicks of a rather drab grey bird mimic the look and movements of a poisonous caterpillar

Zoologger: Dancing in time makes crabs sexual failures

The synchronised courtship display of the fiddler crab may be doing it more harm than good

Eels use electricity to remote control prey movements

The electric eel's shocking hunting tactics ensure that fish have nowhere to run and nowhere to hide

Zoologger: The rodent with a taste for spines

For the white-throated woodrat, a spiny cactus poses no challenge. In fact, the spines are the equivalent of a neon sign pointing to an all-you-can-eat buffet

Zoologger: tickly kiss turns on hairy-mouthed spiders

The males of this spider species evolved a trick to make females more likely to let them father their offspring – tickling them with hairy mouthparts

Zoologger: Stingless suicidal bees bite until they die

Who needs a sting when you can sink your insect teeth into the body of your enemy, choosing death over ever letting go?

Zoologger: Bats jam each other's sonar to steal meals

The Mexican free-tailed bat sabotages the echolocation signals of its fellows so that it can home in on their winged prey for itself

Zoologger: My lizard persona depends on my neighbours

Different stress levels will make wall lizards from a group of Aegean islands flee or drop their tails – and it all depends on who they grew up with

Zoologger: Extreme nomad scrambles for shrimp bonanza

Australia's banded stilts sense distant rains and then fly more than 2000 kilometres to find a bonanza of freshly hatched shrimp

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