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Behavioural flexibility in reef fishes responding to a rapidly changing wave environment

Heatwole, Siobhan; Fulton, Christopher


Flexible traits can be crucial in helping animals meet the challenges of a highly variable environment. We examined whether coral reef fishes systematically alter their swimming behaviour in response to temporal changes in hydrodynamic conditions. Exploiting site-based differences in wave energy impinging on reef habitats over calm and rough weather, we found many reef fishes changed their swimming behaviour alongside increases in wave-driven water motion. Most fishes tended to orient their...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Marine Biology
DOI: 10.1007/s00227-012-2123-2


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