Does client size affect cleaner fish choice of client? An empirical test using client fish models

Grutter, A. S., Glover, S. and Bshary, R. (2005) Does client size affect cleaner fish choice of client? An empirical test using client fish models. Journal of Fish Biology, 66 6: 1748-1752. doi:10.1111/j.0022-1112.2005.00709.x


Author Grutter, A. S.
Glover, S.
Bshary, R.
Title Does client size affect cleaner fish choice of client? An empirical test using client fish models
Journal name Journal of Fish Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-1112
Publication date 2005-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.0022-1112.2005.00709.x
Volume 66
Issue 6
Start page 1748
End page 1752
Total pages 5
Editor J.F. Craig
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
270500 Zoology
630300 Fish
Abstract To determine whether the choice of client fishes in the cleaner fish Labroides dimidiatus was influenced by client size, cleaner fish were given a choice of equal amount of food spread on large and small client redfin butterflyfish Chaetodon trifasciatus models. All large models received bites from cleaners compared to 27% for small models. Seventy-nine per cent of cleaners took their first bite from the large fish model. The results suggest that client size may affect cleaner fish choice.
Keyword Butterflyfish
Cleaning behaviour
Client size
Feeding behaviour
Fish models
Labroides dimidiatus
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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