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Community response to habitat disturbance was driven by species-specific patterns of reduced abundance of species associated with live coral in combination with increased numbers of those associated with rubble, and generated reefs that typically supported lower fish abundance, fewer species, and increased evenness relative to controls.
Assessing loss of coral cover on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef over two decades, with implications for longer-term trends
While coral reefs in many parts of the world are in decline as a direct consequence of human pressures, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is unusual in that direct human pressures are low and the
Disturbance, habitat structure and the ecology of fishes on coral reefs
Evaluation of the general importance of fish-habitat interactions must await the application of common observational and experimental methodologies to a wider range of fish taxa and locations.
Multi-scale analysis of habitat association in a guild of blennioid fishes
The patterns detected in this survey indicate scales at which questions about processes generating these patterns may be profitably addressed, and conclude that the incorporation of more than 1 scale in ecological studies is useful for reducing ambiguity and for generating a future research program of hypotheses.
Selective coral mortality associated with outbreaks of Acanthaster planci L. in Bootless Bay, Papua New Guinea.
Population outbreaks of crown-of-thorns sea star (Acanthaster planci L.) remain one of the most significant biological disturbances on tropical coral reefs although the increasing attention given to
Coral reef fish smell leaves to find island homes
It is hypothesized that clownfish Amphiprion percula use a suite of olfactory stimuli to locate vegetated islands, which may explain the high levels of self-recruitment on island reefs.
Multi-scale fish–habitat associations and the use of habitat surrogates to predict the organisation and abundance of deep-water fish assemblages
The results of this study indicate that for many species it is not sufficient to just know the fine-scale habitat association to predict fish assemblages, and the landscape setting is also an important predictor if habitat is to be used as a surrogate for fish distributions in the management and conservation of these demersal fishassemblages.
Disturbance and the structure of coral reef fish communities on the reef slope
It is indicated that coral reef fish assemblages may be more resistant to disturbance than many correlative studies would suggest, and a need for further information on levels and scales of natural habitat disturbance is highlighted.
Deep-sea bio-physical variables as surrogates for biological assemblages, an example from the Lord Howe Rise
Abstract Little is known about diversity patterns of biological assemblages in deep-sea environments, primarily because sampling deep-sea biota over vast areas is time consuming, difficult, and
Permanent Genetic Resources added to Molecular Ecology Resources Database 1 May 2009–31 July 2009
This article documents the addition of 512 microsatellite marker loci and nine pairs of Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) sequencing primers to the Molecular Ecology Resources Database. Loci were