Unusual caudal spines in the surgeonfish Zebrasoma scopas

Tebbett, S.B., and Bellwood, D.R. (2018) Unusual caudal spines in the surgeonfish Zebrasoma scopas. Coral Reefs, 37 (1). p. 251.

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Abstract

Surgeonfishes (Acanthuridae) are found in tropical and subtropical marine ecosystems and typically comprise a core component of coral reef fish assemblages (Randall 1955). The surgeonfishes are disparate in terms of their morphology, feeding habits and behavioural tendencies, yet all share the distinct, unifying feature of at least one pair of scalpel-like modified scales on their caudal peduncle (Randall 1955) which can be used for defensive or territorial interactions (Schober and Ditrich 1992). Indeed, the common name ‘surgeonfishes’ is derived from the possession of these scalpel-like caudal spines.

Item ID: 56369
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
Copyright Information: Copyright © Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2017
ISSN: 1432-0975
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2018 09:04
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 > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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