Are juvenile coral-trouts (Plectropomus) mimics of poisonous pufferfishes (Canthigaster) on coral reefs?

Frisch, Ashley J. (2006) Are juvenile coral-trouts (Plectropomus) mimics of poisonous pufferfishes (Canthigaster) on coral reefs? Marine Ecology: an evolutionary perspective, 27 (3). pp. 247-252.

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Abstract

The juveniles of three species of coral-trout (Plectropomus) resemble two species of poisonous pufferfish (Canthigaster), one of the latter having two distinct colour morphs. Qualitative data are assembled on the diet, feeding mode, palatability, relative abundance, habitat and geographical range of each species. All observations are consistent with the hypothesis that juvenile coral-trouts are generalized mimics of pufferfishes. Speciation within Plectropomus is discussed with respect to its mimetic relationships with Canthigaster.

Item ID: 3786
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: aggressive mimicry; Batesian mimicry; coral reef fish; mimicry complex; Serranidae; Tetraodontidae
ISSN: 0173-9565
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2009 01:57
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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