Intentional partial beaching in a coral reef fish: a newly recorded hunting behaviour for titan triggerfish, Balistoides viridescens.
KAUST DepartmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
Environmental Science and Engineering Program
Marine Science Program
Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
Red Sea Research Center, Division of Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Makkah Saudi Arabia
Reef Ecology Lab
Online Publication Date2020-09-27
Print Publication Date2020-11
Embargo End Date2021-09-01
Permanent link to this recordhttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/665004
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AbstractCoral reef fishes use a multitude of diverse feeding behaviours to increase their ability to successfully capture a wide range of prey. Here, we report a novel hunting behaviour in a coral reef fish, the titan triggerfish, Balistoides viridescens, where an individual was seen partially beaching itself while attempting to catch a Red Sea ghost crab, Ocypode saratan. This is the first report of this behaviour in the order Tetraodontiformes, and represents an astonishing capability for this species to exploit food resources outside their typical assumed ecological niche.
CitationTietbohl, M. D., Hardenstine, R. S., Tanabe, L. K., Hulver, A. M., & Berumen, M. L. (2020). Intentional partial beaching in a coral reef fish: a newly recorded hunting behaviour for titan triggerfish, Balistoides viridescens. Journal of Fish Biology. doi:10.1111/jfb.14513
SponsorsThis work was funded and supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. We thank the Dream Divers captains and staff for support during this trip and providing logistic operations in the field. We also thank Dr. Noah Bressman and two anonymous reviewers for comments on this manuscript, and Irene Salinas Akhmadeeva for her assistance in providing drawings for Figure 2
JournalJournal of fish biology