Field verification of the use of chemical alarm cues in a coral reef fish

McCormick, M.I., and Larson, J.K. (2007) Field verification of the use of chemical alarm cues in a coral reef fish. Coral Reefs, 26 (3). pp. 571-576.

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Abstract

Chemical alarm cues function as early indicators of a predation threat and influence the outcome of predator–prey interactions in the favour of the prey animal. The tropical goby, Asterropteryx semipunctatus, responded with a stereotypical alarm response, including reduced movement and feeding, following exposure to water that contained chemical cues from injured conspecifics under natural field conditions. Gobies did not exhibit an alarm response when challenged with extracts from damaged fish from a different taxonomic family. The behavioural response in the field was similar to that observed in laboratory experiments. This study verifies the use of chemical alarm cues in a marine fish in their natural environment.

Item ID: 2861
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: behaviour; chemical alarm cue; coral reef fish; goby; olfaction; predation risk
ISSN: 1432-0975
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2009 02:05
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8399 Other Animal Production and Animal Primary Products > 839999 Animal Production and Animal Primary Products not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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