Mimicry in tropical fishes

  title={Mimicry in tropical fishes},
  author={Wolfgang Wickler},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences},
  pages={473 - 474}
  • W. Wickler
  • Published 29 December 1966
  • Biology
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
Labroides dimidiatus, a Tropical Wrasse, removes ectoparasites from the bodies, fins, and even the buccal and gill cavities of other fish (figure 1, plate 22). These often show special invitation postures and the ‘cleaner’ occasionally displays in a sort of dance in which the caudal fin is spread and the posterior part of the fish oscillates up and down. Labroides is never eaten even by large predators. Its size, form, coloration, and even its dancing movement are simulated by another fish of a… 

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