Marine Biology

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 379–383

Host location by the pearlfish Carapus bermudensis

  • V. B. Van Meter
  • B. W. Ache

DOI: 10.1007/BF00391522

Cite this article as:
Van Meter, V.B. & Ache, B.W. Mar. Biol. (1974) 26: 379. doi:10.1007/BF00391522


The symbiotic pearlfish Carapus bermudensis (Jones) demonstrates the ability, as an adult, to relocate the host sea cucumber Actinopyga agassizi in the laboratory. Host location behavior is effected unimodally with chemically mediated information of host orgin. Positive orientation of pearlfish to host “odor” does not involve chemically-elicited rheotaxis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. B. Van Meter
    • 1
  • B. W. Ache
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA

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