Wolves in sheep’s clothing: three new cases of aggressive mimicry in Red Sea coral reef fishes
KAUST DepartmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
Marine Science Program
Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
Reef Ecology Lab
KAUST Grant NumberCRG-1-2012-BER-002
Online Publication Date2020-09-30
Print Publication Date2020-04-17
Embargo End Date2021-09-30
Permanent link to this recordhttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/665398
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AbstractHere we document three cases of mimicry in coral reef fishes not previously reported in the literature involving two groupers (Epinephelus leucogrammicus and Plectropomus marisrubri) and a soapfish (Diploprion drachi) as mimics, and two wrasses (Larabicus quadrilineatus and Cheilinus quinquecinctus) and a blenny (Meiacanthus nigrolineatus) as models. All three cases are of aggressive mimicry, with a predatory species mimicking a harmless one, and in one of the cases, the mimicry is also Müllerian, where both the predator and harmless species are unpalatable.
CitationRocha, L. A., DiBattista, J. D., Sinclair-Taylor, T. H., & Berumen, M. L. (2020). Wolves in sheep’s clothing: three new cases of aggressive mimicry in Red Sea coral reef fishes. Journal of Natural History, 54(15-16), 1019–1023. doi:10.1080/00222933.2020.1780331
SponsorsThis study was supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Office of Competitive Research Funds (OCRF) under Award No. CRG-1-2012-BER-002 and 59130357, baseline research funds to M.L.B., as well as a National Geographic Society Grant 9024-11 to J.D.D and California Academy of Sciences funding to L.A.R. We acknowledge logistic support from Eric Mason at Dream Divers, KAUST Coastal and Marine Resources Core Lab along with Malek Amr Gusti and the crew of the RV Thuwal, and field assistance from members of the Reef Ecology Lab at KAUST, particularly Darren Coker.
PublisherInforma UK Limited
JournalJournal of Natural History