I am interested in feeding ecology
of fishes, especially territorial management of algal farms by
fishes and their specialization to specific algae that flourish
inside the farms. My research is focused on the mutualistic
mutualism) between these herbivorous fishes and algae, geographic
the interactions, and the origin and evolution of the mutualisms.
1. Ochi, H., Hata,
H. & Hori, M. in press. Advantage of hermlessness
in gaining preferential access to a heterospecific territory. Journal of Fish Biology.
H. & M. Kato. 2006.
novel obligate cultivation mutualism between damselfish and Polysiphonia algae. Biology
Letters. 2: 593-596. 10.1098/rsbl.2006.0528.
This work is
introduced in Nature 442 (7104): 723, Science News 170
H. & M. Kato. 2004. Monoculture
and mixed-species algal farms on a coral reef are maintained through
and extensive management by damselfishes. Journal of Experimental
Biology and Ecology. 313: 285-296.
H. & M. Kato. 2003. Demise of
algal farms by exclusion of territorial damselfish. Marine Ecology
H. & M. Kato. 2002. Weeding by
herbivorous damselfish Stegastes nigricans
in monocultural algae farms. Marine
Ecology Progress Series. 237:
H. & M. Nishihira. 2002.
damselfish enhances multi-species co-existence of foraminifera mediated
by biotic habitat structuring. Journal
of Experimental Marine Biology
Ecology. 270: 215-240.
H., M. Nishihira & S.
2002. Effects of habitat-conditioning by the damselfish Stegastes
on community structure of benthic algae. Journal of Experimental
Biology and Ecology. 280: 95-116.
- Laboratory of Animal Science, Graduate
School of Science, Kyoto University, Kitashirakawa-Oiwake,
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