Potential effects of fishing on cleaning interactions in a tropical reef

Silvano, R. A. M., Tibbetts, I. R. and Grutter, A. S. (2012) Potential effects of fishing on cleaning interactions in a tropical reef. Coral Reefs, 31 4: 1193-1198. doi:10.1007/s00338-012-0950-8


Author Silvano, R. A. M.
Tibbetts, I. R.
Grutter, A. S.
Title Potential effects of fishing on cleaning interactions in a tropical reef
Journal name Coral Reefs   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0722-4028
1432-0975
Publication date 2012-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00338-012-0950-8
Volume 31
Issue 4
Start page 1193
End page 1198
Total pages 6
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract We investigated the effect of fishing on the behavior and abundance of the cleaner fish Labroides dimidiatus on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, by comparing cleaner fish density (underwater visual census) and behavior (focal animal observations) at a fished and a no-take site. Cleaner fish density, as well as the number of individuals and species cleaned, did not differ significantly between sites; however, L. dimidiatus spent more time interacting (physical contact involving feeding bites) with individual clients at the no-take site, indicating that fishing can indirectly affect mutualistic interactions on tropical reefs.
Keyword Fish behavior
Fish ecology
Conservation
Mutualism
Marine protected areas
Labroides dimidiatus
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 19 September 2012.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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