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Title: Laboratory video recordings and underwater visual observations combined to reveal activity rhythm of red-spotted grouper and banded wrasse, and their natural assemblages
Authors: Masuda, Reiji  kyouindb  KAKEN_id  orcid (unconfirmed)
Matsuda, Katsuhiro
Tanaka, Masaru
Author's alias: 益田, 玲爾
Keywords: Crepuscular activity
Diel variation
Epinephelus akaara
Fish assemblages
Underwater visual census
Issue Date: Nov-2012
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Journal title: Environmental Biology of Fishes
Volume: 95
Issue: 3
Start page: 335
End page: 346
Abstract: The diel activity rhythm of red-spotted grouper Epinephelus akaara was studied both in captivity and in the wild. Behavior of solitary grouper (58 to 397 mm in total length) in a tank was video recorded using infrared illuminators under 11L/10D and two 1.5-h twilight transition periods, and was compared to that of banded wrasse Halichoeres poecilopterus, a typical diurnal fish. Underwater observations using SCUBA were also conducted in their natural habitat to reveal the behavioral activity together with a visual census of adjacent fish and crustacean assemblages. Red-spotted grouper showed a strong nocturnal activity in a tank regardless of body size as opposed to the strongly diurnal banded wrasse. Activity of groupers in natural waters was high at dawn and dusk, low at noon, and only a few individuals were observed at night. Visual census in the habitat revealed that fish abundance and species richness was highest at noon, lowest at night, and intermediate at dawn and dusk. The opposite trend was found in crustacean assemblages. Absence of groupers at night may reflect their nocturnal feeding migration away from the study area. Alternatively, the crepuscular activity of groupers in the wild is suggested to be an adaptation to feed on small fishes that shift between daytime activity and nighttime rest and/or on nocturnal crustaceans that show the opposite activity pattern.
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DOI(Published Version): 10.1007/s10641-012-0006-5
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