Symbiosis on the coral reefs (final)
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The pearl fish is a type of mesoparasite. It detects chemicals given off by the sea cucumber and enters the sea cucumber when it participates in gas exchange and breaths in water.
The sea cucumber attempts to eject the pearl fish by expelling most of their digestive tract out through their anus. This can be detrimental for the sea cucumber. Organisms use symbiosis in many different ways to accomplish a variety of life activities. These activities include defense, cleaning, transportation, food, housing, and camouflage. Symbiosis is commonly used as a method of defense. The symbionts select hosts with better defense mechanisms then they have. An example of this behavior exists between the Carrier Crab and Urchins.
The Carrier Crab is highly creative in locating defenses.
This species will carry urchins on their back for protection as it crosses the sea floor. The urchins prefer a solitary existence but are not harmed by this activity. Symbiosis is commonly used for the purpose of cleaning. This is where large fish will go to the places where symbionts, the cleaner shrimp and fish, live. The cleaners pick off parasites, algae, and detritus from the larger fish, obtaining a meal from the cleaning process. This process helps maintain the health of many marine populations.
There are some types of fish which even change color to indicate that they need to take place in the cleaning process, making external parasites stand out more against their skin. A perfect example of cleaning behavior is the Cleaner Shrimp and the Grouper. Transportation is another way organisms use symbiosis. When one animal uses another for transportation, the symbiotic relationship is called phoresis.
What is the symbiotic relationship between pencil fish and seagrass
An example of this type of relationship exists between the Swimmer crab and Actinopyga. This is a commensally associated relationship between the urchin Actinopyga and the Swimmer Crab. The Swimmer Crab benefits, receiving transportation and protection from the Actinopyga. Symbiosis is also used as a way for the symbionts to obtain food. Several different kinds of shrimp, crabs and copepods live on coral and other cnidarians surfaces creating commensally associated relationships.
This activity does not harm the crustacean hosts. Organisms use symbiosis as a way of creating housing. Endoecism refers to animals that live in the shelters created by their host. An example of this type of relationship exists between the Arrow Goby and crabs.
The Arrow Goby can be found in the burrows of several invertebrates. They prefer crab holes, where they live and find food. They will feed on the wastes of the host, providing the role of housekeeper.
At times the food they find is too large for them to eat so they give it to the crab, providing their host with meals. This relationship also exists between the Goby and blind shrimp. The goby, unable to dig burrows, uses the shrimp as a home, the shrimp, unable to see potential predators, uses the goby as a form of protection. When a Blind Shrimp predator approaches the goby fish touches the shrimp with its tail to warn it, then both the shrimp and goby fish retract into the burrow.
Camouflage is another way organisms use symbiosis. The Pencil fish or seahorse and grass beds exhibit this relationship. The Pencil fish normally resides in the buoyant grass beds, using them to hide. The Anemone Hermit crab Dardanusm pedunculatus and small sea anemones also use symbiosis to create camouflage.
The Hermit crab will attach several anemones to its shell, providing both camouflage and deterrent to predators. The benefit to the anemone is that it is exposed to more food with the crab as its mobile home then it would have encountered if it were stationary. Mixed in were some very respectable largemouth bass.
Catching fish all day is hard to beat, but rather than another pike filled day, we spent Day 2 trying for walleyes. From personal experience chasing walleye through the ice, I knew a 50 fish day was not in the cards. With all the tip-ups set out, we kicked back and waited. Two hours into the day only four flags had popped, none of which produced a fish. I broke out the jigging rod and started whacking the perch. In a short time I iced over I moved to deeper water in search of a mid day walleye on the jig.
We put in a couple hours of effort, but we managed nothing more than some great conversation and a few Leinenkugel's. It was soon brought to my attention that Larry F. Burtschy II, a fierce competitor in his own, had found a school of perch and his fish count was now eighteen. Even though a fun tourney among friends, that was all it took for me to head back to my perch hole.
I dropped my jig down and after a few minutes regained the proper jig motion and began hammering the perch. Larry remained hot on my tail until his 26th. His 27th fish eluded him for some time and I broke away and ended with a final count of The tournament ended at 3 pm.
It was another enjoyable day despite the lack of walleye, and while most of the gang left after the tournament, Rick Schreiber, Larry and I and the guides hung out through sunset in hopes the walleye bite would occur. We had about ten flags pop, but only two cigar sized walleyes to show for it. Although some of us were reluctant to leave, at 6 pm we used the last light of the day and collected our gear and returned to Chippewa Retreat.
Fishing Art: February
Eating on this trip is as much fun as the fishing itself. George does not mess around. No one has ever left one of his dinners hungry. To give you an example, we had about ten people at the table, yet we ordered over a dozen appetizers. Two of these entrees were the king crab dinners!
Needless to say, we relished in several major feasts over the last few days. This fantastic trip ends with our rest-up day. This day generally entails hitting some of the local taverns that Northern WI is famous for. Unfortunately all good things come to an end. George announced weeks ago that this was our last ice fishing trip.
However, not all bad news, George is replacing it with a fully guided fly fishing for musky trip in October I have several presentations to give and some casting demonstrations. So I thought I would write a post today about one of the really cool behaviours that is mediated by this sensory system.
I know this is not a well known sensory system but it is a very important one for fish and aquatic amphibians. The lateral line is a hair cell based sensory system that detects the water movement surrounding the fish.
Normally this is to within one or two body lengths. However a recent study has shown that in the European catfish see picture above it is involved in the detection of wakes left by potential prey.