Fish-egg predation by the small clingfish Pherallodichthys meshimaensis(Gobiesocidae) on the shallow reefs of Kuchierabu-jima Island, southern Japan

@article{Hirayama2005FisheggPB,
  title={Fish-egg predation by the small clingfish Pherallodichthys meshimaensis(Gobiesocidae) on the shallow reefs of Kuchierabu-jima Island, southern Japan},
  author={S. Hirayama and Tomoko Shiiba and Yoichi Sakai and Hiroaki Hashimoto and Kenji Gushima},
  journal={Environmental Biology of Fishes},
  year={2005},
  volume={73},
  pages={237-242}
}
SynopsisWe observed predation of demersal fish eggs by the clingfish Pherallodichthys meshimaensis on the shallow reefs of Kuchierabu-jima Island, southern Japan. The processes of egg predation varied with the target species. For targeting of eggs of the combtooth blenny Istiblennius edentulus, up to 65 individuals of the clingfish gathered around the I. edentulus nest hole. Some individuals succeeded in intruding into the hole and fed on eggs while the egg-guarding male of I. edentulus… 
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