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Title: Cleaning symbiosis in an obligate goby-shrimp association
Authors: Hou, Z.
Liew, J.
Jaafar, Z. 
Issue Date: Oct-2013
Citation: Hou, Z., Liew, J., Jaafar, Z. (2013-10). Cleaning symbiosis in an obligate goby-shrimp association. Marine Biology 160 (10) : 2775-2779. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Shrimps from the genus Alpheidae had never been considered as a cleaner organism. In the present study, we demonstrate for the first time, Alpheus rapax engaging in cleaning symbiosis with its gobiid fish associate Myersina macrostoma. Within 450 min of observation time, 9 instances totalling 546 s of cleaning behaviour were recorded. Cleaning behaviour was always preceded by physical contact between the shrimps and their goby associates. The shrimps initiated all cleaning incidents, but these were always terminated by the gobies. Cleaning sessions were observed to occur mostly in the tail region (60.8 %) and followed by the head region (26.2 %). In one instance, a shrimp was observed to clean the gills of its goby associate. The gobies appear to exert some control as to where they were being cleaned by repositioning themselves during a cleaning session. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
Source Title: Marine Biology
ISSN: 00253162
DOI: 10.1007/s00227-013-2252-2
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