Size and stripes: how fish clients recognize cleaners

  title={Size and stripes: how fish clients recognize cleaners},
  author={Laura E. Stummer and Jennifer A. Weller and Magnus L. Johnson and Isabelle M. C{\^o}t{\'e}},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},

Cleaning up the biogeography of Labroides dimidiatus using phylogenetics and morphometrics

It was found that body stripe width was significantly correlated with tail stripe shape and geographical location, with Indian Ocean populations differing in morphology from western Pacific populations, and the findings suggest the diversity within L. dimidiatus is underestimated.

Cleaner wrasse influence habitat selection of young damselfish

The selection by settlement-stage fish of a microhabitat adjacent to cleaner wrasse in the laboratory, despite only being rarely cleaned in the natural environment, suggests that even rare cleaning events and/or indirect benefits may drive their settlement choices.

Cleaner gobies evolve advertising stripes of higher contrast

It is suggested that the evolution of blue stripes in Elacatinus gobies could be a result of natural selection for signals of high color contrast, driven by the sensory biases and visual systems of diverse reef fish clients.

Factors affecting advertising in Indonesian adult and juvenile bluestreak cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus)

Inter-specific cooperative relationships are important in the behaviour of a variety of animals and often involve a mutually beneficial interaction. This study assessed the behavioural pattern known

Factors affecting advertising in Indonesian adult and juvenile bluestreak cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus)

Life stage and location should be explored in future studies as significant factors in the behavioural ecology of cleaner–client interactions as they are important in the behaviour of a variety of animals.

Cleaner fish coloration decreases predation risk in aggressive fangblenny mimics

This study provides important evidence that cleaner coloration provides protection from predation to both cleaner fish and their mimics, and the benefits of aggressive mimicry of cleaner wrasse have to be reevaluated in the light of these data.

Blue and Yellow Signal Cleaning Behavior in Coral Reef Fishes

Reef fishes use sea anemones as visual cues for cleaning interactions with shrimp

Frequency-dependent success of aggressive mimics in a cleaning symbiosis

C cleaner mimics were also more successful on reefs with higher densities of potential victims, perhaps because a dilution-like effect creates few opportunities for potential victims to learn to avoid mimics.

Akko Birdsong and Robins, 1995

In 1928, the renowned American ocean explorer and naturalist Charles William Beebe published his 12th book, Beneath Tropic Seas: A Record of Diving among the Coral Reefs of Haiti. Th e best-selling



Cleaner fish Labroides dimidiatus manipulate client reef fish by providing tactile stimulation

  • R. BsharyManuela Würth
  • Environmental Science
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences
  • 2001
The authors' field observations suggest that cleaners use tactile stimulation in order to successfully alter client decisions over how long to stay for an inspection, and stop clients from fleeing or aggressive chasing of the cleaner in response to a cleaner fish bite that made them jolt.

Evolution and ecology of cleaning symbioses in the sea

The taxonomic distribution of cleaning behaviour is examined, to assess the magnitude and generality of various costs and benefits to cleaners and their clients in order to gain insights into the evolution of these symbioses, and the role of cleaning in structuring fish communities is evaluated.

Choosy reef fish select cleaner fish that provide high-quality service

Investigating whether clients with large home ranges change cleaning partners to outplay cleaners against each other to achieve priority of access over clients with no choice at cleaning stations and control over cheating by cleaners finds the option to change partners is used as a control mechanism to stabilize cooperative behaviour.

Parasite removal rates by the cleaner wrasse Labroides dimidiatus

The high predation rate relative to the number of gnathiids on fish and their infection rate shows that cleaner fish have an effect on the abundance of Gnathiid isopods on fish.

Variation in posing behaviour among fish species visiting cleaning stations

A cost-benefit model is proposed to understand interspecific variation in posing behaviour, which considers both decisions by clients and by cleaners and may reconcile differences among anecdotal and experimental observations from previous studies.

The Ecology of Mutualism

Elementary ecology texts tell us that organisms interact in three fundamental ways, generally given the names competition, predation, and mutualism. The third member has gotten short shrift (264),

How to be a Fig

The Wiebes’ chapter in this volume is the most recent review of the details of the interaction of fig wasps with figs, and stresses interactions among many parts of the system.

The ethology of Crenilabrus melanocercus, with Notes on cleaning symbiosis

  • G. Potts
  • Environmental Science
    Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
  • 1968
Underwater observations were made on the labrid Crenilabrus (= Symphodus) ntelanocercus (Risso) and it was found that undisturbed observation could be made from 4 to 5 m away from the fish's territory, but if closer, then diver-orientated behaviour occurred.

Fish cleaning symbiosis: Proximate causes of host behaviour