Volume 65

The Distribution and Density of Wrasse Mating Sites is Influenced by Fish Feeding Stations

Donaldson, T., M. Hildebrand Staman, and C. Turner
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Date: November, 2012

Pages: 305 - 306

Event: Proceedings of the Sixty-Fifth Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

City: Santa Marta

Country: Colombia


Various species of wrasses (Labridae) utilize specific sites for courtship and spawning, either in an haremic mating system or temporary, resident spawning aggregations. These sites are usually distributed in discrete locations. At Apra Harbor, Guam, haremic mating sites are distributed along the edge of a reef slope at discrete intervals, are defended by terminal-phase males, and the mating group consists typically of 2-6 females for most species.

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