Title

Southern Stingray, Dasyatis-Americana - Host For A Symbiotic Cleaner Wrasse

Title - Alternative

Copeia

Keywords

Zoology

Abstract

The southern stingray, Dasyatis americana, served as host for the bluehead wrasse, Thalassoma bifasciatum, in a symbiotic cleaning relationship at a site near Bimini, Bahamas. Rays were cleaned either while swimming slowly around a cleaning station or when they settled to the bottom and assumed a peculiar, stereotyped pose. Cleaning bouts lasted from less than a minute to 26 min. Both sexes of rays were cleaned and one individual was cleaned four times over 2 d. A trematode ectoparasite was found on the stingrays, but they were not heavily infested and only occasionally had wounds.

Publication Title

Copeia

Issue/Number

4

Publication Date

1-1-1990

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

961

Last Page

965

WOS Identifier

WOS:A1990ET22500003

ISSN

0045-8511

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