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Hawksbill sea turtle with a group of blue tangs (Acanthurus coeruleus) in a cleaning station. Sea turtles allow these fishes to feed on epibionts on their shell.

Banco de Imagens Projeto TAMAR2009

TAMAR

TAMAR
Mata de São João, Brazil

Different species of algae, and a large variety of sessile and vagile animals may be found fixed on sea turtle´s shell and soft tissues. To get rid of these organisms, sea turtles allow tropical fishes to feed on the epibionts, in a mutually beneficial association, called “cleaning symbiosis”.

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  • Title: Hawksbill sea turtle with a group of blue tangs (Acanthurus coeruleus) in a cleaning station. Sea turtles allow these fishes to feed on epibionts on their shell.
  • Creator: Banco de Imagens Projeto TAMAR
  • Date Created: 2009
  • Location: Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco, Brasil

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