Damselfish like it cleaner

Photo: Cleaner wrasse with a client Scarface damsel by Richard Smithges.com: Richard Smith)

A new study finds that baby Damselfish have better survival rates on coral reefs inhabited by other fish that keep them free of parasites, especially bluestreak cleaner wrasse. The study is a follow-up to one that found more adult damselfish live on reefs with cleaner wrasse but it was not know if this was due to better adult survival or […]

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endangered wrasse favorite prey of lionfish

Social wrasse, “Halichoeres socialis,” in reefs around mangrove islands of the Belize inner barrier reef. (Photo : Luiz Rocha)

The endangered social wrasse living on the inner barrier reef of Belize is apparently a favorite meal of invasive lionfish. Scientists examining lionfish stomach contents discovered that nearly half their diet consists of the critically endangered social wrasse (Halichoeres socialis). Found only on clear–water reefs around inshore mangrove islands in Belize, “its combination of traits—small size, schooling, and low, hovering […]

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