Coris julis cleaning a Mola mola, a previously unreported association

Vasco-Rodrigues N., Cabrera P.M.

Published date: December 2015
Volume: 39
Number: 4
Pagination: 315–316
Publisher: Société Française d'Ichtyologie
doi: https://doi.org/10.26028/cybium/2015-394-009
Abstract

Cleaning activity of a Coris julis (Linnaeus, 1758) on a Mola mola (Linnaeus, 1758) was reported in June 2015 in La Herradura (Spain), Mediterranean Sea. This interaction lasted for more than 70 seconds with the cleaner focusing mainly in the area of the head and gills of the host, who remained motionless during the event. This represents the first report for this kind of interaction between these two species.

Keywords: Cleaning behavior - Labridae - Mediterranean - Molidae - Symbiotic association
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