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When cleanerfish become anemonefish
Arvedlund, M.; Hattori, A.; Iwao, K.; Takemura, A. (2006). When cleanerfish become anemonefish. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 86(5): 1265-1266
In: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press/Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom: Cambridge. ISSN 0025-3154, more
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    Associated species; Cleaning behaviour; Reef fish; Symbiosis; Amphiprion frenatus Brevoort, 1856 [WoRMS]; Dascyllus trimaculatus (Rüppell, 1829) [WoRMS]; Labroides dimidiatus (Valenciennes, 1839) [WoRMS]; Thallasoma amblycephalum; Marine

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  • Arvedlund, M.
  • Hattori, A.
  • Iwao, K.
  • Takemura, A.

    Here the authors report on a previously undocumented facultative symbiosis involving the wrasses Labroides dimidiatus and Thallasoma amblycephalum living in association with two species of sea anemones, on coral reefs in the north-western Pacific. By SCUBA diving we observed juvenile L. dimidiatus occurring in Entacmaea quadricolor (solitary type) cleaning the anemonefish Amphiprion frenatus and in Heteractis magnifica cleaning the anemonefish Dascyllus trimaculatus. Thallasoma amblycephalum co-existed in H. magnifica with the anemonefish D. trimaculatus, A. ocellaris and L. dimidiatus.

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