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The behaviour of Abudefduf zonatus (Pisces, Pomacentridae) at Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef


The behaviour of Abudefduf zonatus (Pisces, Pomacentridae) at Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef



Animal Behav 204: 763-774



DOI: 10.1016/s0003-3472(72)80149-0

Social organization and reproductive behaviour of Abudefduf zonatus were studied at Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef. This species is closely associated with the sand and coral substrate of the inner reef flat zone. Territorial, clustering, nest-digging, breeding and parental care behaviours are described. Mature males maintain territories for several weeks or longer around empty clam shells in which periodic spawning occurs. Females and sub-adult males hold territories interspersed among those of adult males. No pair bonds are formed, and eggs are guarded only by males. Breeding is roughly synchronized among fish of one area. Clustering behaviour may contribute to breeding syndrony in local populations.

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