W e L o v e Gnathiids. Phish team is supreme. In case you didn’t get it before…. Phish Team . IS. GROOVY. Gnathiids are parasitic organisms that suck blood from various species of phish. Our project investigated the diel patterns of gnathiid infestation on phish . YUMMAY!!!.
Gnathiid infestation rates are highest at dawn compared to other times of day.
Dawn peaks in infestation by gnathiids affects cleaner dynamics because phish seem to visit cleaning stations more frequently in the early morning (so that they can get the gnathiids off).
The relationship between the parasites and the phish affects phish behavior in that they are compelled to visit the cleaning stations
*Why would dawn be preferable as an infestation time?
-time when phish wake up
-easy access because phish are still sleepy/not moving too much
- dawn reflects a transition period (so add up nocturnal and diurnal gnathiids– thus have a higher total population)
*Night-time infestation is higher than daytime… this could show that gnathiids are mainly nocturnal or that nocturnal gnathiid populations are more abundant in the Caribbean sea.
*Do gnathiids use their sense of smell or sight to seek out phish?
*If olfactory cues are significant in finding host phish, then why would diel times of infestation differ?
*why would it be evolutionarily beneficial for gnathiids to be nocturnal?
*why do scientists not need sleep?
- but of course, it is because we live off of coffee and stolen brownies!
Dr. Paul Sikkel
Honorary members: Collin Schaumburg, Aaron, Ranger Rob, and all the phish we killed.