Reef fishes foraging facilitation behavior: increasing the access to a food resource

Pereira, Pedro H.C., Feitosa, João L.L., Medeiros, Diego V., and Ferreira, Beatrice P. (2013) Reef fishes foraging facilitation behavior: increasing the access to a food resource. Acta Ethologica, 16 (1). pp. 53-56.

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Fishes associated in schools acquire adaptive advantages by grouping together, e.g., access to a larger variety of food resources, foraging sites, and protection against potential predators. This work presents the first record of a feeding association between the bucktooth parrotfish, Sparisoma radians and the sailor's grunt Haemulon parra, on Tamandaré reefs, Southwestern Atlantic. Through this association, S. radians gained access to otherwise unavailable food resources to be found inside territorial damselfish domain, thus characterizing an event of foraging facilitation.

Item ID: 33376
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1437-9546
Keywords: foraging behavior, grunts, mixed schools, Southwestern Atlantic
Funders: CNPq, CAPES
Date Deposited: 27 May 2014 05:31
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 30%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0608 Zoology > 060801 Animal Behaviour @ 40%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0603 Evolutionary Biology > 060303 Biological Adaptation @ 30%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 50%
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