On many coral reefs in the Pacific, large fish bearing parasites will visit "cleaning stations" where species of small fish, known as cleaner wrasses, remove parasites and loose scales from the larger fish. The cleaner fish may even enter the mouth and gills of the larger fish to clean parasites from the soft tissues. The cleaner fish are recognized by their coloration, black with a bright blue or yellow stripe, and by a little "dance" that invites the larger fish in to be cleaned. Also on the reef, however, is a small fish known as the saber-tooth blenny. Looking and acting very much like the cleaner wrasse, the blenny also attracts the larger fish, but instead of cleaning away parasites, the blenny bites small bits of flesh from the larger fish. The interactions among the larger fish, th

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    warning coloration
    mutualism
    parasitism
    aggressive mimicry

asked May 30, 2013 in Biology by anonymous
    

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warning coloration
answered May 31, 2013 by Bioshare ~Top Expert~ (34,070 points)

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