Skin toxins and external parasitism of coral-dwelling gobies

Munday, P.L., Schubert, M., Baggio, J.A., Jones, G.P., Caley, M.J., and Grutter, A.S. (2003) Skin toxins and external parasitism of coral-dwelling gobies. Journal of Fish Biology, 62 (4). pp. 976-981.

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Toxic (Gobiodon spp.) and non-toxic (Paragobiodon xanthosomus) gobies became infected with external parasites (gnathiid isopods) at equal rates in a laboratory experiment. Parasites were evenly distributed over the body of P. xanthosomus but were mostly confined to the fins of Gobiodon spp., where toxin glands are less abundant. Skin toxins were not associated with the rate of infection but their distribution did appear to influence the site of parasite attachment.

Item ID: 6587
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1095-8649
Keywords: coral reef fishes; gnathiid isopod; Gobiidae; parasitism; toxins
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2010 05:50
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
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