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Free Content Cleaning Behavior of the Shrimp, Periclimenes anthophilus Holthuis and Eibl-Eibesfeldt (Crustacea: Decapoda: Natantia)

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Field and laboratory observations were made on the interspecific responses between the shrimp, Periclimenes anthophilus Holthuis and Eibl-Eibesfeldt, and coral reef fishes. P. anthophilus was observed cleaning ten species or fishes. Host-cleaner and cleaner-host relationships were examined for the behavior between P. anthophilus and two species of fishes, Chaetodon capistratus (Linnaeus) and Chaetodon ocellatus Bloch. Selected behavioral events were recorded. Using Chi-square contingency tables, the behavioral events, for either the host or the cleaner, were found to significantly affect the behavior of the recipient individual. Tactile stimulation by the cleaner correlated with a prolonged fish pose duration.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1975-10-01

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