Friday, September 2, 2016

Symbiotic Relationship: Labroides Dimidiatus & Moray Eel

 Symbiotic Relationship 

Giant Moray eel (Gymnothorax javanicus) cleaned by Bluestriped Cleaner Wrasses (Labroides dimidiatus), an example of a symbiotic relationship - Red Sea. : Stock Photo

One type of symbiotic relationship is mutualism, which is when both organisms benefit from an interaction with each other. An example of this is the labroides dimidiatus, also known as the cleaner wrasse (Stark). The cleaner wrasse helps many different types of fish and sea creatures, including the moray eel, by eating the nutrients and debris off of them (Rotman). This benefits the cleaner wrasse because it gets the nutrients it needs to survive, and the moray eel and other fish get “cleaned” because the labroides dimidiatus effectively takes all of the dirt off of them. Cases have even been shown where “cleaning stations” have been set up where the fish desiring to be cleaned will come up the cleaner wrasse and let them feed off of them (Stark).

Rotman, Jeff. “Giant Moray Eel Cleaned by Bluestriped Cleaner Wrasses, an Example…” Getty  
      Images. Getty Images, n.d. Web. 02. Sept.2016.    

Stark, Tiara. "UH Biology." RSS. UH Biology, 2 Feb. 2012. Web. 02 Sept. 2016.     

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