Topics: fish patterns, fish vision, chemical ecology, mimicry

In review

Winters, A. E., Green, N. F., Wilson, N. G., How, M.J., Garson, M. J., N. Justin Marshall, N. J., & Cheney, K. L. Relaxed selection on individual pattern elements may allow phenotypic divergence of aposematic signals

Phillips, G. A. C., How, M. J., Lange, J. E., Marshall, N. J., Cheney, K. L. (submitted October 2016) Disruptive colouration in reef fish: does matching the background reduce predation risk? Journal of Experimental Biology 

Cheney, K. L., Cortesi, F., Nilsson Sköld, H. (submitted 20 October 2016) Regulation, constraints and benefits of colour plasticity in a mimicry system, Biological Journal of Linnean Society



Newport, C., Green, N. F., McClure, E., Osorio, D., Voroybev, V., Cheney, K. L. Fish use colour to learn compound visual signals (accepted Dec 2016, Animal Behaviour)

Forster, L.; Winters, A.; Cheney, K. L.; Dewapriya, P.; Capon, R.; Garson, M. (accepted Dec 2016). Spongian-16-one Diterpenes and their Anatomical Distribution in the Australian Nudibranch Goniobranchus Collingwood.  Journal of Natural Products

Dewi, A. S., Cheney, K. L., Urquhart, H. H., Blanchfield, J. T. Garson, M. J. The sequestration of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in the nudibranchs Miamira magnifica and Miamira miamirana (accepted 25/08/16) Marine Drugs

Simpson, E., Marshall N. J., Cheney, K. L. 2016. Fooling 'Picasso': coral reef fish perceive lightness illusions Scientific Reports 6, 35335

Wilson, N. G, Winters, A. E., Cheney, K. L. Tropical range extension for the temperate, endemic South-Eastern Australian Nudibranch Goniobranchus splendidus (Angas, 1864). Diversity, 8 3: 16.1-16.8. doi:10.3390/d8030016

Cortesi, F., Musilova, Z., Stieb, S. M., Hart, N. S., Siebeck, U.E., Cheney, K. L., Salzburger. W., and Marshall, N.J. (2016) From crypsis to mimicry: changes in colour and the configuration of the visual system during ontogenetic habitat transitions in a coral reef fish. Journal of Experimental Biology, 219 16: 2545-2558. doi:10.1242/jeb.139501

White, A. M., Dewi, A. S., Cheney, K. L., Winters, A. E., Garson, M. J. (2016) Oxygenated diterpenes from the Indo-Pacific nudibranchs Goniobranchus splendidus and Ardeadoris egretta. Natural Product Communications, 11 7: 921-924.

Cheney, K. L., White, W., Mudiata, I. W., Winters, A. E., Quezada, M., Mollo, E. Garson, M. J. (2016) Choose your weaponry: selective storage of a single highly toxic compound, latrunculin-A, by closely related nudibranch molluscs PLoS One, 11 1: 1-16. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0145134).


White, A. M., Pierens, G. K., Forster, L. C., Winters, A. E., Cheney, K. L., Garson, M. J. (2015). Rearranged diterpenes and norditerpenes from three Australian Goniobranchus mollusks. Journal of Natural Products. 79 3: 477-483, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.5b00866

D. Sun, K. L. Cheney, J. Werminghausen, E. C. McClure, M. G. Meekan, M. I. McCormick, T. H. Cribb, A. S. Grutter. (2015). Cleaner wrasse influence habitat selection of young damselfish. Coral Reefs (doi:10.007/00338-015-1391-y)

H. Nilsson Sköld, S. Aspengren, K. L. Cheney and M. Wallin (2015) Fish Chromatophores – From Molecular Motors to Animal Behavior. International Review of Cell & Molecular Biology, 321 171-219. (doi:10.1016/bs.ircmb.2015.09.005).

Sun, D., K. L. Cheney, J. Werminghausen, M. G. Meekan, M. I. McCormick, T. H. Cribb, A. S. Grutter (2015). Presence of cleaner wrasse increases the recruitment of damselfishes to coral reefs. Biology Letters 11 (8): 20150456.

Cortesi, C., Feeney, W. E, Ferrari, MCO, Waldie, P.A., Phillips, G.A.C, McClure, E.C., Helen N Sköld, H. N, Salzburger, W., Marshall, N.J., Cheney, Karen L. (2015) Phenotypic plasticity confers multiple fitness benefits to a mimic. Current Biology 25 (7): 949-954

Fabio Cortesi, Zuzana Musilová, Sara M Stieb, Nathan S Hart, Ulrike E Siebeck, Martin Malmstrøm, Ole K Tørresen, Sissel Jentoft, Karen L. Cheney, N Justin Marshall, Karen L Carleton, Walter Salzburger (2015) Ancestral duplications and highly dynamic opsin gene evolution in percomorph fishes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112 5: 1493-1498. doi:10.1073/pnas.1417803112

Yong, Ken W. L., Mudianta, I. Wayan, Cheney, Karen L., Mollo, Ernesto, Blanchfield, Joanne T. and Garson, Mary J. (2015) Isolation of norsesterterpenes and spongian diterpenes from Dorisprismatica (= Glossodoris) atromarginata. Journal of Natural Products, 78 3: 421-430. doi:10.1021/np500797b


Mudianta, W. I, White, A. M., Suciati, Katavic, P. L., Krishnaraj, R. R., Anne E. Winters, A. E., Mollo, E., Cheney, Karen L. and Garson, M. J. (2014) Chemoecological Studies on Marine Natural Products: Terpene Chemistry from Marine Mollusks Pure and Applied Chemistry 86 (6), 995-1002

Cheney Karen L., Cortesi F., How M.J., Wilson N.G., Blomberg S.P., Winters A.E., Umanzor S. and Marshall N.J. (2014) Conspicuous visual signals do not coevolve with increased body size in marine sea slugs. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 27 4: 676-687.

Cheney, Karen L., Grutter, Alexandra S. and Bshary, Redouan (2014) Geographical variation in the benefits obtained by a coral reef fish mimic. Animal Behaviour, 88: 85-90.

Mudianta, I. Wayan, Challinor, Victoria L., Winters, Anne E., Cheney, Karen L., De Voss, James J. and Garson, Mary J. (2013) Synthesis and determination of the absolute configuration of (-)-(5R,6Z)-dendrolasin-5-acetate from the nudibranch Hypselodoris jacksoni. Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry, 9: 2925-2933.

Cheney, Karen L. (2013) Cleaner fish coloration decreases predation risk in aggressive fangblenny mimics. Behavioral Ecology, 24 5: 1161-1165.

Cheney, Karen L., Newport, Cait, McClure, Eva C. and Marshall, N. Justin (2013) Colour vision and response bias in a coral reef fish. Journal of Experimental Biology, 216 15: 2967-2973.

Welicky, Rachel L., Cheney, Karen L., Coile, Ann Marie, McCammon, Amber and Sikkel, Paul C. (2013) The relationship between lunar periodicity and activity of fish-parasitic gnathiid isopods in the Caribbean. Marine Biology, 160 7: 1607-1617.

Marshall, Justin and Cheney, Karen L. 2013. Vision and body colouration in marine invertebrates. In John S. Werner and Leo M. Chalupa (Ed.), The New Visual Neurosciences (pp. 1165-1178) Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press.

Cheney, K. L. 2012. Cleaner wrasse mimics inflict higher costs on their models when they are more aggressive towards signal receivers. Biology Letters, 8: 10-12.

Waldie, P. A. , Blomberg, S. P., Cheney, K. L., Goldizen, A. W., and Grutter, A. S. 2011. Long-term effects of the cleaner fish Labroides dimidiatus on coral reef fish communities. PLoS ONE 6(6): e21201. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021201

Clague, G.E., Cheney, K.L., Goldizen, A. W., McCormick, M. I., Waldie, P.A. and Grutter A. S. 2011. Long-term cleaner fish presence affects growth of a coral reef fish. Biology Letters, 7: 863-865.

Marshall N.J. and Cheney K.L. 2011. Color vision and color communication in reef fish. In: Farrell A.P., (ed.), Encyclopedia of Fish Physiology: From Genome to Environment, volume 1, pp. 150–158. San Diego: Academic Press

Cortesi, F. & Cheney, K. L. 2010. Conspicuousness is correlated with toxicity in marine opisthobranchs. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 23 (7): 1509-1518.

Cheney, K. L. 2010. Multiple selective pressures apply to a coral reef fish mimic: a case of Batesian-aggressive mimicry. Proceedings of Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences 277:1849-1855 (cover image by Karen Cheney).

Cheney, K.L., Grutter, A. S., Blomberg, S. P. Marshall, N. J. 2009 Blue and yellow signal cleaning behaviour in coral reef fishes. Current Biology 19, 15: 1283-1287  

Cheney K.L. 2009. Interspecific relationships in ‘’Biology of Blennies’ (eds. Patzner, R. A., Goncalves, E., Hastings, P. & Kapoor, B.G.), Science Publishers, Enfield, NH, US.

Lettieri, L. B., Cheney, K. L., Mazel, C. H., Boothe, D., Marshall, N. J. and Streelman, J. T. 2009 Cleaner gobies evolve advertising stripes of higher contrast. Journal of Experimental Biology 212, 2194-2203 (Cover image by K. Cheney).

Cheney, K.L., Skogh, C., Hart, N.S. & Marshall N. J. 2009 Mimicry, colour forms and spectral sensitivity of the bluestriped fangblenny, Plagiotremus rhinorhynchos. Proceedings of Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences 276: 1565-1573.

Cheney, K.L. & Marshall N. J. 2009 Mimicry in coral reef fish: how accurate is this deception in terms of colour and luminance? Behavioral Ecology 20 (3): 459-468.

Cheney, K.L., Bshary, R. & Grutter, A.S. 2008 Cleaner fish cause predators to reduce aggression towards bystanders at cleaning stations. Behavioral Ecology 19: 1063-1067.

Cheney, K.L. & Eckes, M. J. 2008 Cleaner fish clean cleaner mimics. Coral Reefs 27 (3): 527-527.

Cheney, K. L. 2008 The role of avoidance learning in an aggressive mimicry system. Behavioral Ecology 19 (3): 583-588.

Cheney, K. L. 2008 Non-kin egg cannibalism and group nest-raiding by Caribbean sergeant major damselfish (Abudefduf saxatilis). Coral Reefs 27: 115-115.

Cheney, K. L., Grutter, A. S. & Marshall N. J. 2008 Facultative mimicry: cues for colour change and colour accuracy in a coral reef fish. Proceedings of Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences 275: 117–122.

Cheney, K. L. & Côté I. M. 2007 Aggressive mimics profit from a model-signal receiver mutualism. Proceedings of Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences, 274 (1622): 2087-2091.

Côté I. M. & Cheney, K. L. 2007 A protective function for aggressive mimicry? Proceedings of Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences, 274 (1624): 2445-2448.

Cheney, K. L. & Côté, I. M. 2005. Frequency-dependent success of aggressive mimics in a cleaning symbiosis. Proceedings of Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences, 272 (1581): 2635-2639.

Cheney, K. L. & Côté, I. M. 2005 Mutualism or parasitism? The variable outcome of cleaning symbioses. Biology Letters, 1 (2): 162-165.

Côté, I. M. & Cheney, K. L. 2005. Choosing when to be a cleaner-fish mimic. Nature, 433: 211-212.

Côté, I. M. & Cheney, K. L. 2004. Distance-dependent costs and benefits of aggressive mimicry in a cleaning symbiosis. Proceedings of Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences, 271 (1557): 2627-2630 (cover image).

Sikkel, P., Cheney, K. L. & Côté, I. M. 2004. In situ evidence for ectoparasites as the proximate cause of cleaning interactions in reef fish. Animal Behaviour, 68: 241-247.

Cheney, K. L. & Côté, I. M. 2003d. Do ectoparasites determine cleaner fish abundance? Evidence on two spatial scales. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 263: 189-196.

Cheney, K. L. & Côté, I. M. 2003c. The ultimate effect of being cleaned: does ectoparasite removal increase reproductive success in a damselfish client? Behavioral Ecology, 14: 892-896.

Cheney, K. L. & Côté, I. M. 2003b. Indirect consequences of parental care: Sex differences in ectoparasite burden and cleaner-seeking activity in longfin damselfish. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 262: 267-275.

Cheney, K. L. & Côté, I. M. 2003a. Habitat choice in adult longfin damselfish: territory characteristics and relocation times. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 287: 1-12.

Cheney, K. L. & Côté, I. M. 2001. Are Caribbean cleaning symbioses mutualistic? Costs and benefits of visiting cleaning stations to longfin damselfish. Animal Behaviour, 62: 927-933.

Kaiser M. J., Cheney K., Spence F. E., Edwards D. B., Radford K. 1999. Fishing effects in northeast Atlantic shelf seas: patterns in fishing effort, diversity and community structure VII. The effects of trawling disturbance on the fauna associated with the tubeheads of serpulid worms. Fisheries Research, 40 (2): 195-205