Indirect predator effects influence behaviour but not morphology of juvenile coral reef Ambon damselfish Pomacentrus amboinensis

Arvizu, Brittany, Allan, Bridie J.M., and Rizzari, Justin R. (2021) Indirect predator effects influence behaviour but not morphology of juvenile coral reef Ambon damselfish Pomacentrus amboinensis. Journal of Fish Biology, 99 (2). pp. 679-683.

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Abstract

A 6-week laboratory experiment exposed juvenile Ambon damselfish Pomacentrus amboinensis to visual and chemical cues of either a predator, a herbivore or a null control (sea water) and found no effect of predator cues on prey morphology (proportion of ocellus to eye diameter, body depth, standard length and fin area). Nonetheless, behaviour was significantly affected by predator presence, with prey less active and taking half as many feeding strikes when exposed to predators compared to fish from the null control. The presence of a herbivore also affected prey behaviour similar to that of the predator, suggesting that the presence of a non-predator may have important effects on development.

Item ID: 70251
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1095-8649
Keywords: fish behaviour, non-consumptive predator effects, Pomacentrus amboinensis, trait-mediated effects
Copyright Information: © 2021 Fisheries Society of the British Isles
Date Deposited: 04 May 2022 02:14
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