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Halichoeres penrosei (Labridae), a sporadic cleaner wrasse

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 February 2009

Ericka O.C. Coni*
Affiliation:
Centro de Pesquisa e Conservação dos Ecossistemas Aquáticos (Biota Aquática) and Universidade Católica do Salvador, Rua Flórida, no. 187 ap. 2002, Cond. Quinta da Graça, Bairro Graça, Salvador, BA, 40080-440, Brazil
José de Anchieta C.C. Nunes
Affiliation:
Centro de Pesquisa e Conservação dos Ecossistemas Aquáticos (Biota Aquática) and Universidade Católica do Salvador, Rua Flórida, no. 187 ap. 2002, Cond. Quinta da Graça, Bairro Graça, Salvador, BA, 40080-440, Brazil
Cláudio L.S. Sampaio
Affiliation:
Museu de Zoologia, Instituto de Biologia, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Rua Barão de Geremoabo, s/nº, Ondina, Salvador, BA, 40170-290Brazil
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Correspondence should be addressed to: Ericka O.C. Coni, Centro de Pesquisa e Conservação dos, Ecossistemas Aquáticos (Biota Aquática) and Universidade Católica do Salvador, Rua Flórida, no. 187 ap. 2002, Cond. Quinta da Graça, Bairro Graça, Salvador, BA, 40080-440Brazil email: erickacconi@yahoo.com.br
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Abstract

The cleaning behaviour of juveniles of the Brazilian wrasse Halichoeres penrosei (Labridae) is described for the first time in the present paper. Diurnal free dive observations and photographs were taken in the shallow reefs of Porto da Barra. The cleaners' sizes varied from 3 to 7 cm, and clients' fish size varied from 8 to 20 cm. The wrasses cleaned for 2 to 30 seconds, the flanks were the most explored area of the clients' bodies. The cleaning activity we described was rare and opportunistic. Therefore, it is unlikely that H. penrosei is a specialized cleaner.

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Copyright © Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 2007

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