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The toxicity of skin secretions from coral-dwelling gobies and their potential role as a predator deterrent

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dc.contributor Sch Marine Biol & Aquaculture
dc.contributor James Cook Univ N Queensland
dc.contributor James Cook University
dc.contributor Australian Inst Marine Sci
dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science
dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science (aims) en
dc.contributor.author LLEWELLYN, LE
dc.contributor.author SCHUBERT, M
dc.contributor.author MUNDAY, PL
dc.contributor.author CALEY, MJ
dc.contributor.author JONES, GP
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-21T01:11:26Z
dc.date.accessioned 2013-02-28T06:46:49Z
dc.date.accessioned 2013-02-28T06:46:49Z
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-01T03:18:53Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-21T01:11:26Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-21T01:11:26Z
dc.date.available 2013-02-28T06:46:49Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-01T03:18:53Z
dc.date.issued 2003-08-01
dc.identifier 5869 en
dc.identifier.citation Schubert M, Munday PL, Caley MJ, Jones GP and Llewellyn LE (2003) The toxicity of skin secretions from coral-dwelling gobies and their potential role as a predator deterrent. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 67(4): 359-367. en
dc.identifier.issn 0378-1909
dc.identifier.uri http://epubs.aims.gov.au/11068/5869
dc.description Link to abstract/full text - http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1025826829548 en
dc.description.abstract Coral-dwelling gobies in the genus Gobiodon (family Gobiidae) posses toxic skin secretions. We used bioassays to investigate interspecific variation in the toxicity of skin secretions from six species of Gobiodon from Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef. We then used feeding experiments with two common species of predatory fish to test if skin secretions might act as a chemical defence against predation. The skin secretions of all species were toxic to the bioassay species, Apogon fragilis, but there were marked differences in toxicity among Gobiodon species. Feeding experiments showed that both small- and large-gaped predators avoided food items to which goby skin secretions, or a whole goby, had been added. These experiments indicate that skin toxins could function as a predator deterrent in coral-dwelling gobies.
dc.description.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1025826829548 en
dc.language English
dc.language en en
dc.relation.ispartof Environmental Biology of Fishes - pages: 67(4): 359-367 en
dc.relation.ispartof Null
dc.subject Coelenterata
dc.subject Environmental Sciences & Ecology
dc.subject Tetraodontidae
dc.subject Reef-fish
dc.subject Plant-herbivore Interactions
dc.subject Secondary Metabolites
dc.subject Marine & Freshwater Biology
dc.subject Skin Toxins
dc.subject Ecology
dc.subject Gobiodon
dc.subject Trunkfish Ostracion-cubicus
dc.subject Antifeedant
dc.subject Coral-reef Fish
dc.subject Communities
dc.subject Bioassay
dc.subject Predation
dc.subject Chemical Defenses
dc.subject Canthigaster-valentini Pisces
dc.title The toxicity of skin secretions from coral-dwelling gobies and their potential role as a predator deterrent
dc.type journal article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1023/A:1025826829548 en
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000185494400006


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