Animal mimicry: Choosing when to be a cleaner-fish mimic

Côté, Isabella M. and Cheney, Karen L. (2005) Animal mimicry: Choosing when to be a cleaner-fish mimic. Nature, 433 7023: 211-212.


Author Côté, Isabella M.
Cheney, Karen L.
Title Animal mimicry: Choosing when to be a cleaner-fish mimic
Journal name Nature   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0028-0836
Publication date 2005-01-19
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1038/433211a
Volume 433
Issue 7023
Start page 211
End page 212
Total pages 2
Place of publication London
Publisher Nature Publishing
Language eng
Subject 060201 Behavioural Ecology
060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Abstract Mimicry in vertebrates is usually a permanent state — mimics resemble and normally accompany their model throughout the life stages during which they act as mimics. Here we show that the bluestriped fangblenny fish (Plagiotremus rhinorhynchos), which aggressively attacks other coral-reef fish, can turn off the mimetic colours that disguise it as the benign bluestreak cleaner wrasse, Labroides dimidiatus, and assume a radically different appearance. This opportunistic facultative mimicry extends the fangblenny's scope by allowing it to blend into shoals of small reef fish as well as to remain inconspicuous at cleaning stations
Q-Index Code C1

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