[Coral-List] surgeonfish spines as weapons
Robinson, Michael P
MPRobinson at barry.edu
Mon Jun 20 09:54:12 EDT 2016
Does anyone have observations of any species of surgeonfish (Acanthuridae) using their caudal spines as weapons? That is the conventional wisdom on the function of these spines, but I am interested in evidence of their use.
For example, there is a photo in Jack Randall's _Surgeonfishes of the World_ of wounds on a surgeonfish that match the size and shape of a conspecific's spines.
If you have any evidence or observations of a surgeonfish using its spine(s) either defensively or aggressively, I would love to hear about it. Anything is appreciated: photos, videos or stories.
If you prefer, send me a private email and I will post a summary to the list.
Thanks in advance!
mprobinson at barry.edu
Michael P. Robinson, Asst. Prof.
Dept. of Biology, Barry University
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