Interspecific feeding associations of groupers (Teleostei: Serranidae) with octopuses and moray eels in the Gulf of Eilat (Agaba)

  title={Interspecific feeding associations of groupers (Teleostei: Serranidae) with octopuses and moray eels in the Gulf of Eilat (Agaba)},
  author={Ariel Diamant and Mucky Shpigel},
  journal={Environmental Biology of Fishes},
SynopsisTemporary interspecific feeding associations between groupers (Serranidae) and moray eels or octopuses in the Red Sea were observed 41 times during over 400 scuba dives. Such behavior is a feeding tactic adopted by groupers in which small organisms, escaping the primary (= nuclear) predators (eel or octopus), are caught by the groupers. Eels and octopuses, due to their body structure or shape, gain access to crevices that most fishes cannot enter. This feeding tactic increases the… 

Food of the grouper Caprodon longimanus from Alejandro Selkirk Island, Chile (Perciformes: Serranidae)

Diet and food preference of Caprodon longimanus were 'studied at Alejandro Selkirk Island, Chile. The fishes (N=55) were collected in November and December 1996 using long line and lhe sizes ranged

Food habits and prey selection of three species of groupers from the genus Cephalopholis (Serranidae: Teleostei)

Three species of sympatric fish from the genus Cephalopholis occur in the shallow-water coral habitats of the Red Sea and feed on fishes and invertebrates and in situations where their elected food is absent they readily switch to substitute prey species.

Octopus tetricus (Mollusca: Cephalopoda) as an ecosystem engineer

Summary: The Sydney octopus (Octopus tetricus) occurs in unusual numbers on a shell bed of its prey remains that have accumulated as an extended midden where additional octopuses excavate dens. Here,

The sea basses Diplectrum formosum and D. radiale (Serranidae) as followers of the sea star Luidia senegalensis (Asteroidea) in southeastern Brazil.

  • F. Z. Gibran
  • Environmental Science
    Brazilian journal of biology = Revista brasleira de biologia
  • 2002
This paper reports on Luidia senegalensis being followed by Diplectrum formosum and D. radiale in shallow soft bottoms of southeastern Brazilian coast, and comments on this association between

The twinspot bass Serranus flaviventris (Serranidae) as follower of the goldspotted eel Myrichthys ocellatus (Ophichthidae) in north-eastern Brazil, with notes on other serranids

This paper reports the twinspot bass Serranus flaviventris as followers of the goldspotted eel Myrichthys ocellatus in Tinhare Island, Bahia State, north-eastern Brazil. The goldspotted eel disturbs


An interaction between Octopus insularis and the reef fish Alphestes afer is reported and evidence of mimicry, camouflage and following behaviors is provided and are the first records of following behavior in A. afer.

Follower fish of the goldspotted eel Myrichthys ocellatus with a review on anguilliform fish as nuclear species

In a nuclear-follower fish foraging association, the follower benefits from food uncovered or flushed out when the nuclear fish disturbs the bottom, while nuclear species generally do not seem to be

‘Following the leader’: first record of a species from the genus Lutjanus acting as a follower of an octopus

This is the first record of an octopus being followed by a Lutjanus species and similar food preferences and benthic foraging habits between the species appear to have motivated the occurrence of this behaviour.

Juvenile Snooks (Centropomidae) as Mimics of Mojarras (Gerreidae), with a Review of Aggressive Mimicry in Fishes

  • I. Sazima
  • Biology, Environmental Science
    Environmental Biology of Fishes
  • 2004
This work describes a few additional examples of aggressive mimicry in fishes, including the first ones from brackish water, and indicates trends in the relationships between the mimics, their feeding tactics, and their putative models.

Nuclear–follower foraging behaviour between Western Australian common octopus and brown-spotted wrasse

Interactions between Western Australian common octopuses and brown-spotted wrasse observed on eight occasions while snorkeling at four temperate-water reefs along the coast of Perth in Western Australia are reported.



Feeding behavior of some carnivorous fishes (Serranidae and Scorpaenidae) from Tuléar (Madagascar)

Examination of stomach contents revealed that in each species feeding behavior varies according to a nyctemeral rhythm, individual size of specimens, biotope and geographical area.

Observations on the Ecology of Epinepheline and Lutjanid Fishes of the Society Islands, with Emphasis on Food Habits

Food habits and habitats frequented by several groupers and snappers of the Society Islands were investigated preliminary to the introduction into Hawaiian waters from French Oceania of selected inshore marine fishes of food and sport-fishing value.

Niche overlap among two species of coral dwelling fishes of the genus Dascyllus (Pomacentridae)

  • M. Shpigel'
  • Environmental Science, Biology
    Environmental Biology of Fishes
  • 2004
It was found that in such a bispecific group, no difference exists in agonistic acts between intra — or interspecific encounters, and this phenomenon seems to be produced by two independent mechanisms — random settling of juveniles from the plankton and predation pressure that strongly limits the re-settling of the fish.

Contrasts in Social Behavior between Central American Cichlid Fishes and Coral-reef Surgeon Fishes

The social systems and related behavior of cichlid and surgeon fishes are compared and Wickler's classification of reproductive types within the Cichlidae is shown to be no advance over the previous dichotomy of substrate and mouthbreeding species.

Diurnal observations on the behavioral ecology ofGymnothorax moringa (Cuvier) andMuraena miliaris (Kaup) on a Caribbean coral reef

Muraenids observed in this study showed high tolerances for and were tolerated by other fishes (including other morays) and invertebrates on the reef, and appeared to be opportunistic, roving predators and were not strictly nocturnal.

The Predator-Prey Relationship between the Octopus (Octopus bimaculatus) and the California Scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata)

The predator-prey relationships between the California scorpionfish Scorpaena guttata Girard and the octopus Octopus bimaculatus Verrill were examined by observations of behavior in aquariums, suggesting that, in nature, octopuses prey on scorpion fish, principally on the juveniles.


Data show that non- territorial S. croicensis in schools feed at higher rates, and are attacked by territory owners less often than nonschooling nonterritorials, which supports the hypothesis that schooling enables those individuals to circumvent the territoriality of their competitors.

Ecological Relationships of the Fish Fauna on Coral Reefs of the Marshall Islands

FOOD AND FEEDING HABITS BY TAXONOMIC CATEGORIES ..... 71 Carcharhinidae ........ 71 Triakidae 71 Orectolobidae ......... 71 Mobulidae 71 Dussumieridae ........ 71 Clupeidae 72 Ophichthidae .........

Feeding behavior.

  • S. Ralston
  • Medicine
    The Veterinary clinics of North America. Equine practice
  • 1986

The coral seas