Site fidelity and homing behaviour in coral reef cardinalfishes

Marnane, M.J. (2000) Site fidelity and homing behaviour in coral reef cardinalfishes. Journal of Fish Biology, 57 (6). pp. 1590-1600.

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Tagged adult cardinalfishes Apogon doederlini, Cheilodipterus artus and Cheilodipterus quinquilineatus persisted to within an average of 36–79 cm of their initial resting positions within One Tree Reef lagoon for over 8 months in A. doederlini and over 16 months in C. artus and C. quinquilineatus. In addition, 56–81% of tagged fish displaced c. 1 km, and 33–63% of tagged fish displaced c. 2 km returned to their point of collection within 3 days. As cardinalfishes are often found densely aggregated at resting sites, their extended use of specific sites on reefs may represent a localized, predictable resource for predators and a significant source of spatial variation in nutrient input to reef systems via faeces.

Item ID: 12916
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1095-8649
Keywords: Apogonidae; cardinalfish; coral reefs; homing; site fidelity; tagging
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2012 03:09
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960802 Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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