Swarm behaviour may be a collective behaviour exhibited by entities, particularly animals, of comparable size which aggregate together, perhaps milling about an equivalent spot or perhaps moving end bloc or migrating in some direction. It is a highly interdisciplinary topic. Swarming is applied particularly to insects, but can also be applied to the opposite entity or animal that exhibits swarm behaviour. The term flocking or murmuration can refer specifically to swarm behaviour in birds, herding to ask swarm behaviour in tetrapod’s, and shoaling or schooling to ask swarm behaviour in fish. Phytoplankton also absorbs huge swarms called blooms, although these organisms are algae and are not self-propelled the way animals are. By extension, the term "swarm" is applied also to inanimate entities which exhibit parallel behaviours, as during a robot swarm, an earthquake swarm, or a swarm of stars.
Published Date: 2021-02-25; Received Date: 2021-02-02