In situ observation of scorpionfish in seagrass meadows of the Gulf of Mannar, India

Jeyabaskaran, R and Lavanya, S and Padua, Shelton and Kripa, V (2020) In situ observation of scorpionfish in seagrass meadows of the Gulf of Mannar, India. Current Science, 118 (10). pp. 1615-1620.

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    Abstract

    The seagrass meadows of Sethukarai coast are unique in nature, housing high faunal diversity compared to other coastal areas. A rare live specimen of bandtail scorpionfish Scorpaenopsis neglecta was found near a burrow dug by an alpheid shrimp. Taxonomy, morphometric and meristic characters, adaptive, behavioural and colour-switching physiological camouflage trait of the S. neglecta are elaborated in this communication. Visual in situ documentation of feeding habits of scorpaenids and their preying behaviour, especially that of lionfish Pterois volitans preying on goby fish is presented. Mutualism exhibited by goby fish Amblyeleotris gymnocephala with the alpheid shrimp Alpheus rapax and the importance of habitat protection from anthropogenic activities are also discussed.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Camouflage, mutualism, scorpionfish, seagrass meadows, underwater survey.
    Subjects: Fish and Fisheries > Fish biology
    Algae
    Demersal Fishes
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 26 May 2020 08:54
    Last Modified: 26 May 2020 08:54
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/14275

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