Chemical defenses and resource trade-offs structure sponge communities on Caribbean coral reefs.

@article{Loh2014ChemicalDA,
  title={Chemical defenses and resource trade-offs structure sponge communities on Caribbean coral reefs.},
  author={Tse-Lynn Loh and Joseph R. Pawlik},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2014},
  volume={111 11},
  pages={4151-6}
}
Ecological studies have rarely been performed at the community level across a large biogeographic region. Sponges are now the primary habitat-forming organisms on Caribbean coral reefs. Recent species-level investigations have demonstrated that predatory fishes (angelfishes and some parrotfishes) differentially graze sponges that lack chemical defenses, while co-occurring, palatable species heal, grow, reproduce, or recruit at faster rates than defended species. Our prediction, based on… CONTINUE READING
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