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Predation Protection in the Poison-Fang Blenny, Meiacanthus atrodorsalis, and Its Mimics, Ecsenius bicolor and Runula laudandus (Blenniidae)

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Title: Predation Protection in the Poison-Fang Blenny, Meiacanthus atrodorsalis, and Its Mimics, Ecsenius bicolor and Runula laudandus (Blenniidae)
Authors: Losey, George S.
LC Subject Headings: Blenniidae
Ecsenius
Mimicry (Biology)
Issue Date: Apr 1972
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Losey GS. 1972. Predation protection in the poison-fang blenny, Meiacanthus atrodorsalis, and its mimics, Ecsenius bicolor and Runula laudandus (Blenniidae). Pac Sci 26(2): 129-139.
Abstract: ABSTRACT: The large canine teeth in Meiacanthus atrodorsalis impart a toxic bite
which causes this animal to be rejected as a prey item by several piscivorous fishes.
Two morphologically and behaviorally similar species, Runula laudandus and Besenitts
bicolor, may enjoy predator protection through Batesian mimicry and, for the
former species, greater feeding efficiency through aggressive mimicry. A limited
number of experiments indicate that the predator, Bpinephaltts merra, may learn to
avoid Meiacanthus atrodorsalis and its mimics.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/396
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 26, Number 2, 1972



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