Overall, we have found that aggression is high between all three species of damselfish. However, we did see a significant difference in the aggression of our two farming species. The cocoa damselfish were more aggression toward other damselfish intruders, while the dusky damselfish were found to be more aggressive toward parrotfish intruders.
This research was permitted by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (permit # FKNMS-2013-077-A1). We would like to thank the Keys Marine Lab and the Conservation of Marine Resources Creative Inquiry Team. Funding for this experiment was provided by Clemson’s Creative Inquiry Initiative, the International Women’s Fishing Association, the Animal Behavior Society, the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame, and Sigma Xi. We would also like to thank Dr. Childress for his guidance, knowledge, and contribution throughout the years.