Prey experience of predation influences mortality rates at settlement in a coral reef fish, Pomacentrus amboinensis

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Abstract:

Previous exposure to predators influenced the survival immediately after settlement in a coral reef damselfish, Pomacentrus amboinensis. Rapid learning of antipredator behaviour may in part have driven the rapid increase in survival in the days following this critical transition.

Keywords: antipredator behaviour; coral reef fish; naïvety; selective predation; settlement

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0022-1112.2006.00982.x

Affiliations: School of Marine Biology and Aquaculture, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia

Publication date: March 1, 2006

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