Territoriality and Habitat Use by Juvenile Blue Tangs, Acanthurus coeruleus

  title={Territoriality and Habitat Use by Juvenile Blue Tangs, Acanthurus coeruleus},
  author={Thomas Bell and Donald L. Kramer},
  journal={Environmental Biology of Fishes},
  • T. Bell, D. Kramer
  • Published 1 August 2000
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Biology of Fishes
We studied territoriality and habitat use by yellow phase juvenile blue tangs, Acanthurus coeruleus, on a small fringing reef in Barbados, West Indies. Juvenile blue tangs occurred on the reef crest, spurs, and a transition zone between the reef crest and reef flat at a density of about 8 individuals per 100 m2, but were much rarer on the reef flat. They were solitary and occupied stable home ranges (median=0.85 m2) that increased with body size. Observational and experimental data documented… 
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