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An assemblage of the host anemone Heteractis magnifica in the northern Red Sea, and distribution of the resident anemonefish
Brolund, T.M.; Tychsen, A.; Nielsen, L.E.; Arvedlund, M. (2004). An assemblage of the host anemone Heteractis magnifica in the northern Red Sea, and distribution of the resident anemonefish. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 84(3): 671-674
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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  • Brolund, T.M.
  • Tychsen, A.
  • Nielsen, L.E.
  • Arvedlund, M.

Abstract
    The Heteractis magnifica assemblage at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula was examined. The actinian size, location, and number of resident anemonefishes were recorded. The anemones were found at depths down to approximately 40 m and the sizes of clustering H. magnifica and clusters were positively correlated with depth. The shallow waters of the anemone assemblage contained few mainly small, solitary actinians. There seemed to be a tendency for solitary actinians to cluster once they reached a certain size-range. The resident anemonefishes Amphiprion bicinctus and Dascyllus trimaculatus were present in very large numbers (approximately 250 and 1800 respectively) and the A. bicinctus home range size was positively correlated with depth.

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