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Cleaning behaviour in Diplodus spp.: chance or choice? A hint for future investigations
Mariani, S. (2001). Cleaning behaviour in Diplodus spp.: chance or choice? A hint for future investigations. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 81(4): 715-716
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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    Ectoparasitic crustaceans (Copepoda: Caligidae) occurred at considerable frequency in stomach contents of young specimens of Diplodus sargus and Diplodus puntazzo (Pisces: Sparidae) from two central Mediterranean coastal lagoons. This finding suggests that the ectoparasites might give a non-negligible contribution to the diet of the studied fish species and reveal a certain adaptive advantage of cleaning behaviour in coastal environments.

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