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Habitat Partitioning in Two Tropical Reef Fishes, Pomacentrus lividus and P. albofasciatus

Mary Schug Belk
Copeia
Vol. 1975, No. 4 (Dec. 31, 1975), pp. 603-607
DOI: 10.2307/1443312
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1443312
Page Count: 5

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Topics: Corals, Coral reefs, Herbivorous fishes, Fish, Algae, Marine fishes, Wildlife habitats, Reefs, Species, Poisons
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Habitat Partitioning in Two Tropical Reef Fishes, Pomacentrus lividus and P. albofasciatus
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Abstract

Aggressive territorial defense by Pomacentrus lividus excludes P. albofasciatus from a subhabitat which the latter could apparently use. The slightly larger size, more aggressive behavior and limited home range of P. lividus compared with its competitor's smaller size, low aggressiveness and apparently wide ranging behavior seem to permit these congeneric fishes to to coexist in the coral zone at Tumon Bay, Guam.

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