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Presence of cleaner wrasse increases the recruitment of damselfishes to coral reefs

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dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science
dc.contributor Sch Biol Sci
dc.contributor University Of Western Australia
dc.contributor James Cook Univ
dc.contributor James Cook University
dc.contributor University Of Queensland
dc.contributor Coll Marine & Environm Sci
dc.contributor Univ Queensland
dc.contributor Australian Inst Marine Sci
dc.contributor Arc Ctr Excellence Coral Reef Studies
dc.contributor Uwa Oceans Inst M096 MEEKAN, MARK G. MCCORMICK, MARK I. CRIBB, THOMAS H. GRUTTER, ALEXANDRA S. SUN, DEREK CHENEY, KAREN L. WERMINGHAUSEN, JOHANNA 2015-10-06T00:10:01Z 2015-10-06T00:10:01Z 2017-03-21T01:01:48Z 2019-07-08T02:09:25Z 2015-10-06T00:10:01Z 2017-03-21T01:01:48Z 2017-03-21T01:01:48Z 2019-07-08T02:09:25Z 2015-08-01
dc.identifier.citation Sun D, Cheney KL, Werminghausen J, Meekan MG, McCormick MI, Cribb TH, Grutter AS (2015) Presence of cleaner wrasse increases the recruitment of damselfishes to coral reefs. Biology Letters 11(8): 20150456 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1744-9561
dc.description.abstract Mutualisms affect the biodiversity, distribution and abundance of biological communities. However, ecological processes that drive mutualism-related shifts in population structure are often unclear and must be examined to elucidate how complex, multi-species mutualistic networks are formed and structured. In this study, we investigated how the presence of key marine mutualistic partners can drive the organisation of local communities on coral reefs. The cleaner wrasse, Labroides dimidiatus, removes ectoparasites and reduces stress hormones for multiple reef fish species, and their presence on coral reefs increases fish abundance and diversity. Such changes in population structure could be driven by increased recruitment of larval fish at settlement, or by post-settlement processes such as modified levels of migration or predation. We conducted a controlled field experiment to examine the effect of cleaners on recruitment processes of a common group of reef fishes, and showed that small patch reefs (61-285 m(2)) with cleaner wrasse had higher abundances of damselfish recruits than reefs from which cleaner wrasse had been removed over a 12-year period. However, the presence of cleaner wrasse did not affect species diversity of damselfish recruits. Our study provides evidence of the ecological processes that underpin changes in local population structure in the presence of a key mutualistic partner.
dc.description.sponsorship Funding was provided by Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation, Australia, to D.S, T.H.C. and A.S.G. and an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant to A.S.G. and M.G.M.
dc.description.uri en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher The Royal Society Publishing en_US
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dc.subject Fish Diversity
dc.subject Ecology
dc.subject Biology
dc.subject Evolutionary Biology
dc.subject Reef Fish Behaviour
dc.subject Cleaning Mutualism
dc.subject Environmental Sciences & Ecology
dc.subject Populations
dc.subject Recruitment
dc.subject Life Sciences & Biomedicine - Other Topics
dc.subject Mortality
dc.subject Ectoparasites
dc.title Presence of cleaner wrasse increases the recruitment of damselfishes to coral reefs
dc.type journal article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0456
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000362798100014

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