Crime and punishment in a roaming cleanerfish.

  title={Crime and punishment in a roaming cleanerfish.},
  author={Suzanne C Mills and Isabelle M. C{\^o}t{\'e}},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={277 1700},
Cheating is common in cooperative interactions, but its occurrence can be controlled by various means ranging from rewarding cooperators to active punishment of cheaters. Punishment occurs in the mutualism involving the cleanerfish Labroides dimidiatus and its reef fish clients. When L. dimidiatus cheats, by taking scales and mucus rather than ectoparasites, wronged clients either chase or withhold further visits to the dishonest cleaner, which leads to more cooperative future interactions… CONTINUE READING
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