Cleaning interactions between the cleaner wrasse Symphodus melanocercus (Osteichthyes: Labridae) and brown meagre Sciaena umbra (Osteichthyes: Sciaenidae)

Cleaning interactions between the wrasse Symphodus melanocercus and brown meagre Sciaena umbra are documented from observations whilst free diving on a shallow rocky reef in the central Mediterranean Sea. Cleaning events occurred at cleaning stations mainly during the morning and gradually decreased...

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Access type:openAccess
Publication Date:2018
Main Author: Ventura, Daniele
Other Authors: Machado, Leonardo Francisco [UNESP], Bonifazi, Andrea, Gravina, Maria Flavia, Ardizzone, Giandomenico
Document type: Article
Language:eng
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Online Access:http://hdl.handle.net/11449/174182
http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0025315417000029
Citation:Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, v. 98, n. 4, p. 829-831, 2018.
English abstract:Cleaning interactions between the wrasse Symphodus melanocercus and brown meagre Sciaena umbra are documented from observations whilst free diving on a shallow rocky reef in the central Mediterranean Sea. Cleaning events occurred at cleaning stations mainly during the morning and gradually decreased in the evening. The body parts mostly cleaned were the opercular region and the fins, possibly as gnathiid isopods preferentially attach to these areas.