Rapid Colour Change in the Bluelined Goatfish (Upeneichthys lineatus)

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Understanding scenarios and mechanisms by which fish communicate provides further insight into the evolution of sociality. This is the first assessment of the potential drivers of rapid colour change in a temperate Australian goatfish, Upeneichthys lineatus. U. lineatus rapidly change colour from a white to a dark red banded pattern when eating. Conspecifics can perceive the change in colour and pattern, likely providing advantage in intraspecific signalling. The dark red pattern is likely a foraging signal to other fishes, potentially providing increased food resources and benefiting U. lineatus through increased predator protection.
Effective start/end date1/07/1631/07/24