Cleaning symbiosis and the disease triangle

Narvaez, Pauline (2022) Cleaning symbiosis and the disease triangle. PhD thesis, James Cook University.

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Pauline Narvaez found that the dedicated cleaner fish, Labroides dimidiatus, is susceptible to a diversity of parasites and can potentially transmit them to their fish clients. Her work presents a paradigm shift in the prevailing theory that cleaning symbiosis has predominantly positive impacts on coral reef fish communities.

Item ID: 75095
Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: cleaner fish; parasite; transmission; DNA metabarcoding; fish diet; fish ecology; habitat degradation
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Copyright Information: Copyright © 2022 Pauline Narvaez.
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4 publications arising from this thesis are stored in ResearchOnline@JCU, at the time of processing. Please see the Related URLs. The publications are:

Chapter 2: Narvaez, Pauline, Vaughan, David Brendan, Grutter, Alexandra Sara, and Hutson, Kate Suzanne (2021) New perspectives on the role of cleaning symbiosis in the possible transmission of fish diseases. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 31. pp. 233-251.

Chapter 3: Narvaez, Pauline, Yong, Russell Qi-Yung, Grutter, Alexandra Sara, and Hutson, Kate Suzanne (2021) Are cleaner fish clean? Marine Biology, 168. 59.

Chapter 4: Narvaez, Pauline, Morais, Renato A., Vaughan, David B., Grutter, Alexandra S., and Hutson, Kate S. (2022) Cleaner fish are potential super-spreaders. Journal of Experimental Biology, 225. 15.

Chapter 6: Narvaez, Pauline, Morais, Renato A., Hutson, Kate S., McCormick, Mark I., and Grutter, Alexandra S. (2021) Habitat degradation drives increased gnathiid isopod ectoparasite infection rate on juvenile but not adult fish. Coral Reefs, 40. pp. 1867-1877.

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Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2022 02:40
FoR Codes: 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3005 Fisheries sciences > 300503 Fish pests and diseases @ 50%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3109 Zoology > 310902 Animal cell and molecular biology @ 25%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4101 Climate change impacts and adaptation > 410102 Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation @ 25%
SEO Codes: 19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1901 Adaptation to climate change > 190102 Ecosystem adaptation to climate change @ 50%
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280102 Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences @ 50%
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