Determinants of social organization in a coral reef fish, the blue tang, Acanthurus coeruleus

  title={Determinants of social organization in a coral reef fish, the blue tang, Acanthurus coeruleus},
  author={Ingrid E. Morgan and Donald L. Kramer},
  journal={Environmental Biology of Fishes},
  • I. Morgan, D. Kramer
  • Published 1 April 2005
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Biology of Fishes
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