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BACKGROUND International trade for luxury products, medicines, and tonics poses a threat to both terrestrial and marine wildlife. The demand for and consumption of gill plates (known as Peng Yu Sai, "Fish Gill of Mobulid Ray") from devil and manta rays (subfamily Mobulinae, collectively referred to as mobulids) poses a significant threat to these marine(More)
Recent research has documented phenotypic differences among larvae released from corals with a brooding reproductive mode, both among species and within broods from a single species. We studied larvae released from the common Atlantic coral Porites astreoides in Bermuda to further evaluate phenotypic variability. Inter-site differences were investigated in(More)
Video cameras recorded the diurnal visitation rates of transient (large home range) piscivorous fishes to coral patch reefs in The Bahamas and identified 11 species. Visits by bar jack Caranx ruber, mutton snapper Lutjanus analis, yellowtail snapper Ocyurus chrysurus, barracuda Sphyraena barracuda and cero Scomberomorus regalis were sufficiently frequent to(More)
  • Khaled Qazaqzeh, R Litherland, J Fabec, J Lawson, Madden
  • 2006
My parents my wife, and my family ii Acknowledgments I praise GOD, the most merciful, for his gracious help in finishing this work. This dissertation would not be possible without the help and the support of the Math Department at Louisiana State University. In specific, it is a pleasure to thank my advisor Dr P. Gilmer whose support and attention were(More)
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