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Status-dependent foraging behaviour in coral reef wrasses


Layton, C and Fulton, CJ, Status-dependent foraging behaviour in coral reef wrasses, Coral Reefs, 33, (2) pp. 345-349. ISSN 0722-4028 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s00338-014-1138-1


Field observations using underwater video were used to reveal differences in the duration and frequency that fish engaged in daily behaviours such as chasing, searching, feeding, and travelling, according to their social patterns [passive or aggressive terminal phases (TPs), pair-spawning, or promiscuous groups] and intraspecific status (terminal or initial colour phases). Marked differences were apparent according to status, but this was not consistent among the three species; TP Cheilinus fasciatus tended to swim in longer bouts with less frequent searching or feeding than initial phase (IP) conspecifics; TP Cirrhilabrus punctatus exhibited less frequent feeding and travelling than IP conspecifics, while the most aggressive species Stethojulis bandanensis displayed no significant intraspecific differences. We highlight the importance of social context and individual status when examining fish foraging activities and the utility of underwater video for recording the duration and frequency that fish engage in essential daily activities.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:activity budget, protogynous hermaphrodites, social systems, fish
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Layton, C (Dr Cayne Layton)
ID Code:97684
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2015-01-08
Last Modified:2015-05-20

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