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Sleeping mound construction using coral fragments by the rockmover wrasse

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The rockmover wrasse Novaculichthys taeniourus was observed using coral fragments for mound construction on the reefs of Kuchierabu-jima Island, Japan. The wrasse heaped between four and 71 pieces of coral fragments on each sand mound, and dived into the mound just before sunset. Coral fragments may facilitate the retention of sleeping sites under competition with other sand-diving wrasses.

Keywords: coral carrying; sand diving; sleeping mound; wrasse

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Bioresource Science and Technology, Graduate School of Biosphere Science, Hiroshima University, Kagamiyama 1-4-4, Higashi–Hiroshima 739-8528, Japan

Publication date: November 1, 2003

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