Carmen RB da Silva, Cedric P. van den Berg, Nicolas D Condon, Cynthia Riginos, Robbie S Wilson, Karen L Cheney, Intertidal gobies acclimate rate of luminance change for background matching with shifts in seasonal temperature Functional Ecology

Cedric P. van den Berg, Jolyon Troscianko, John A. Endler, N. Justin Marshall, Karen L. Cheney Quantitative Colour Pattern Analysis (QCPA): A Comprehensive Framework for the Analysis of Colour Patterns in Nature. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

Matchette, S. R.; Cuthill, I. C.; Cheney, K. L.; Marshall, N. J.; Scott-Samuel, N. E. Underwater caustics disrupt prey detection by a reef fish

Luehrmann, Martin; Cortesi, Fabio; Cheney, Karen; de Busserolles, Fanny; Marshall, Justin. Microhabitat partitioning correlates with opsin gene expression in coral reef cardinalfishes (Apogonidae)

Fabio Cortesi, Karen L. Cheney, Georgina M. Cooke, Terry J. Ord. Opsin gene evolution in amphibious and terrestrial combtooth blennies (Blenniidae)



Escobar-Camacho, D., Taylor, M. A., Cheney, K. L., Green, N. F., Marshall, J. N. and Carleton, K. L. (2019) Behavioral color thresholds in a cichlid fish: Metriaclima benetos, Journal of Experimental Biology, doi: 10.1242/jeb.201160

Cheney, K. L., Green, N., Vibert, A., Vorobyev, M.; Marshall, J.; Osorio, D.; Endler, J. A., (2019) An Ishihara-style test of animal colour vision. Journal of Experimental Biology, 222: jeb189787.

Luehrmann, M., Carleton, K. L., Cortesi, F., Cheney, K. L. and Marshall, N. J. (2019) Cardinalfishes (Apogonidae) show visual system adaptations typical of nocturnally and diurnally active fish. Molecular Ecology, 28 (12) 3025-3041. doi:10.1111/mec.15102

Marshall, N. J., Cortesi, F., de Busserolles, F., Siebeck, U. E., Cheney, K. L. (2019) Colour and colour vision in reef fishes: past present and future research directions, Journal of Fish Biology, 95 (1): 5-38 jfb.13849.

Winters, A. E., White, A. M., Cheney, K. L., Garson, M. J. (2019) Geographic variation in diterpene-based secondary metabolites and level of defences in an aposematic nudibranch, Goniobranchus splendidus. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 85 (1): 133-142



Luehrmann, M. L., Stieb, S. M., Carleton, K. L., Pietzger, A., Cheney, K. L., Marshall, N. J. (2018) Short term colour vision plasticity on the reef: Changes in opsin expression under varying light conditions differ between ecologically distinct reef fish species Journal of Experimental Biology doi: 10.1242/jeb.175281

Winters, A. E., Wilson, N. G., van den Berg, C., How, M. J., Garson, M. J., Endler. J. A., Justin Marshall, N. J., & Cheney, K. L.  (2018) Toxicity and taste: unequal chemical defences in a mimicry ring. Proceedings of Royal Society, Lond B, Biological Sciences, 285(1880): 20180457. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2018.0457.

Green, N. F., Urquhart, H. H., van den Berg, C. P., Marshall, N. J., Cheney, K. L. (2018) Pattern edges improve predator learning of aposematic signals. Behavioural Ecology, ary089,

Cheney, K. L, Wilson, N. G. Nudibranchs, Current Biology. 28 1: R4-R5. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2017.10.060

Winters, A. E., White, A. M., Dewi, A. S., I. Mudianta, I. W., Wilson, N. G., Forster, L. C., Garson, M. J. & Cheney, K. L. (2018) Distribution of defensive metabolites in nudibranch molluscs.  Journal of Chemical Ecology, 44 (4): 384-396 doi:10.1007/s10886-018-0941-5

Forster, L. C., White, A. M., Cheney, K. L., and Garson, M. J. (2018) Oxygenated terpenes from the IndoPacific nudibranchs Goniobranchus splendidus and Goniobranchus collingwoodi Natural Product Communications 3(3):299-302.

Dewi, A. S., Pieren, G. K., Cheney, K. L., Blanchfield, J. T., Garson, M. J. (2018). Chromolactol, an oxygenated diterpene from the IndoPacific nudibranch Goniobranchus coi: spectroscopic and computational studies. Australian Journal of Chemistry. Doi: 10.1071/CH18243.

Sim, D. C. M., Mudianta, I. W., White, A. M., Ni Wayan Martiningsih, N. W., Loh, J. J. M., Cheney, K. L. and Garson, M. J. (2018) New sesquiterpenoid isonitriles from three species of Phyllidid nudibranchs Fitoterapia, 126: 69-73.



Mitchell, L., Cheney, K. L., Cortesi, F., Marshall, N. J., Vorobyev, M. Triggerfish uses chromaticity and lightness for object segregation. (2017) Royal Society Open Science, 4 12: 1-10. doi:10.1098/rsos.171440

White, A. M., Dao, K., et al Cheney, K. L. et al Garson, M. J., Vanderwal, C. A (2017) Catalyst-controlled stereoselective synthesis secures the structure of the antimalarial Isocyanoterpene Pustulosaisonitrile-1. Journal of Organic Chemistry, 82, 13313-13323. doi: 10.1021/acs.joc.7b02421

Grutter, A. S., de Brauwer, M., Bshary, R., Cheney, K. L., Cribb, T. H., Madin, E., McClure, E. C., Meekan, M. G., Sub, D. Warner, R., Werminghausen, J., Sikkel, P. C. (2017) Parasite infestation increases on coral reefs without cleaner fish Coral Reefs, doi:10.1007/s00338-017-1628-z

Winters, A. E., Green, N. F., Wilson, N. G., How,  M.J., Garson, M. J., N. Justin Marshall, N. J., & Cheney, K. L. (2017) Stabilizing selection on individual pattern elements of aposematic signals. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Lond B. 284 (1861): doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0926.

Forster, L. C., Pierens, G. K., White, A. M., Cheney, K. L., Dewapriya, P., Capon, R. J., and Garson, M. J. (2017) Cytotoxic spiroepoxide lactone and its putative biosynthetic precursor from Goniobranchus splendidus. ACS Omega 2 (6): 2672-2677. doi: 10.1021/acsomega.7b00641

Cheney, K. L., Cortesi, F., Nilsson Sköld, H. (2017) Regulation, constraints and benefits of colour plasticity in a mimicry system, ­­­ Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 122 (2): 385-393. doi:10.1093/biolinnean/blx057

Phillips, G. A. C., How, M. J., Lange, J. E., Marshall, N. J., Cheney, K. L. (2017) Disruptive colouration in reef fish: does matching the background reduce predation risk? Journal of Experimental Biology 220: 1962-1974; doi: 10.1242/jeb.151480

Casewell, N.  R, Visser, J.C., et al, Cheney, K. L., Vetter, I., van der Weerd, L. Richardson, M. K., Fry, B. G. (2017) The evolution of fangs, venom, and mimicry systems in blenny fishes. Current Biology 27, 8: 1184-1191. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2017.02.067

Giordano, G., Carbone, M., Ciavatta, M. L., Silvano, E., Gavagnin, M., Garson, M. J., Cheney, K. L., Mudianta, I. W., Giovanni Fulvio Russo 2, Guido Villani, G., Zidorn, C., Cutignano , A., Fontana, A., Ghiselin, M. T., Mollo, E. (2017) Volatile secondary metabolites as aposematic olfactory signals and defensive weapons in aquatic environment Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114 (13): 3451-3456. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1614655114

Newport, C., Green, N. F., McClure, E. C., Osorio, D. C., Voroybev, M., Marshall, N. J., Cheney, K. L. (2017) Fish use colour to learn compound visual signals Animal Behaviour 125, 93-100. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.01.003

Forster, L., Winters, A., Cheney, K. L., Dewapriya, P., Capon, R., Garson, M. (2017). Spongian-16-one Diterpenes and their anatomical distribution in the Australian nudibranch Goniobranchus collingwoodi. Journal of Natural Products 80 (3): 670-675 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.6b00936



Dewi, A. S., Cheney, K. L., Urquhart, H. H., Blanchfield, J. T. and Garson, M. J. (2016) The sequestration of oxy-polybrominated diphenyl ethers in the nudibranchs Miamira magnifica and Miamira miamirana. Marine Drugs, 14 11: doi:10.3390/md14110198

Simpson, E. E., Marshall N. J., Cheney, K. L. (2016) Fooling ‘Picasso’: coral reef fish perceive lightness illusions Scientific Reports 6, 35335. doi:10.1038/srep35335

Wilson, N. G, Winters, A. E., Cheney, K. L. (2016) 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., Walter 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., Mudianta, 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).

Nilsson Sköld, H., Aspengren, S. Cheney, K. L. and Wallin, M. (2016) 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).



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

Sun, D., Cheney, K. L., 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.​1007/​s00338-015-1391-y)

Sun, D., Cheney, K. L., 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, M.C.O., Waldie, P. A., Phillips, G. A. C, McClure, E. C., Sköld, H. N, Salzburger, W., Marshall, N. J., Cheney, K. L. (2015) Phenotypic plasticity confers multiple fitness benefits to a mimic. Current Biology 25 (7): 949-954

Cortesi, F., Musilová, Z., Stieb, S. M., Hart, N. S., Siebeck, U. E., Malmstrøm, M., Tørresen, O. K., Jentoft, S., Cheney, K. L., Marshall, N.J., Carleton, K.L., Salzburger. W. (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, K.W. L., Mudianta, I.W., Cheney, K. L., Mollo, E., Blanchfield, J. T. and Garson, M. J. (2015) Isolation of norsesterterpenes and spongian diterpenes from Dorisprismatica (= Glossodoris) atromarginata. Journal of Natural Products, 78 3: 421-430. doi:10.1021/np500797b


2014 and before

Mudianta, W. I, White, A. M., Suciati, Katavic, P. L., Krishnaraj, R. R., Winters, A. E., Mollo, E., Cheney, K. 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, K. 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, K. L., Grutter, A. S. and Bshary, R., (2014) Geographical variation in the benefits obtained by a coral reef fish mimic. Animal Behaviour, 88: 85-90.

Mudianta, I. W., Challinor, V. L., Winters, A. E., Cheney, K. L., De Voss, J. J. and Garson, M. 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, K. L. (2013) Cleaner fish coloration decreases predation risk in aggressive fangblenny mimics. Behavioral Ecology, 24 5: 1161-1165.

Cheney, K. 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, R. L., Cheney, K. L. Coile, A. M., McCammon, A. and Sikkel, P. C. (2013) The relationship between lunar periodicity and activity of fish-parasitic gnathiid isopods in the Caribbean. Marine Biology, 160 7: 1607-1617.

Marshall, N. J. and Cheney, K. 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