[Coral-List] predation on Coralliophila
lesk at bu.edu
Thu Jun 21 12:24:04 EDT 2007
Hi Charles, all.
Coralliophila can be fed upon by spiny lobsters, and perhaps also by
the usual litany of other once-common and once-large Caribbean
durophages: queen trigger, hogfish, Spanish hogfish, puddingwife,
yellow-head wrasse on juvenile snails perhaps, diodontids (though
they mostly seem after hermit crabs, odd taste), possibly porgies,
black margate, permit, and likely some larger crabs. If indeed
Coralliophila is predator-limited, the problem is that its potential
predators have been overfished severely through most of the tropical
west Atlantic. Alina Szmant has expressed interesting ideas about this.
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