Territoriality in the tompot blenny Parablennius gattorugine from photographic records:parablennius gattorugine territoriality

Naylor, P. and Jacoby, David (2016) Territoriality in the tompot blenny Parablennius gattorugine from photographic records:parablennius gattorugine territoriality. Journal of Fish Biology, 88 (4). pp. 1642-1647. ISSN 0022-1112

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Abstract

The behaviour of the tompot blenny Parablennius gattorugine was studied from a long-term underwater photographic record from two sites on the south-west coast of the U.K. Repeated observations of individually identifiable P. gattorugine during 112 dives revealed that male P. gattorugine may guard eggs in a particular crevice over subsequent breeding seasons, reside in the same location for up to 4 years and recover from injuries received in disputes over territory. Further observations included resident males wiping eggs with greatly expanded anal glands, adult-type fighting between juveniles and unusual behaviour where a large male manipulated an empty mollusc shell for the attention of two smaller conspecifics.

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Journal Article
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Journal of Fish Biology
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165462
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03 Feb 2022 14:25
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