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Diets of coral-dwelling fishes of the genus Gobiodon with evidence of corallivory

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Evidence of facultative corallivory is documented in three species of obligate coral-dwelling gobies (genus Gobiodon) based on the presence of spirocysts in gut contents. Coral-dwelling gobies also consumed a broad range of other items with gut contents dominated by algae, invertebrates and amorphous material. Dietary similarities between species suggest corallivory may be widespread in this genus.

Keywords: Acropora; Gobiodon; corallivory; diet; spirocyst

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef studies, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia

Publication date: 2010-06-01

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