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Cleaning mutualism in Santa Luzia (Cape Verde Archipelago) and São Tomé Islands, Tropical Eastern Atlantic

  • J.P. Quimbayo (a1) (a2), S.R. Floeter (a1), R. Noguchi (a3), C.A. Rangel (a4), J.L. Gasparini (a5), C.L.S. Sampaio (a6), C.E.L. Ferreira (a7) and L.A. Rocha (a8)...


This work reports for the first time cleaning activity by fish and shrimps in Santa Luzia, Cape Verde Archipelago and São Tomé Islands. Three new records of facultative cleaner fish species are presented. Facultative cleaners dominated by Labridae were the most observed cleaner fishes in the two studied islands. Multi-specific cleaning stations were prevalent in Santa Luzia, while cleaner shrimps were more observed interacting in the São Tomé Islands.


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Correspondence should be addressed to: J.P. Quimbayo, Laboratório de Biogeografia e Macroecologia Marinha, Departamento de Ecologia e Zoologia, Centro de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, SC 88010-970, Brazil email:


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  • J.P. Quimbayo (a1) (a2), S.R. Floeter (a1), R. Noguchi (a3), C.A. Rangel (a4), J.L. Gasparini (a5), C.L.S. Sampaio (a6), C.E.L. Ferreira (a7) and L.A. Rocha (a8)...


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