Depth distributions of coral reef fishes: the influence of microhabitat structure, settlement, and post-settlement processes

@article{Srinivasan2003DepthDO,
  title={Depth distributions of coral reef fishes: the influence of microhabitat structure, settlement, and post-settlement processes},
  author={Maya Srinivasan},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2003},
  volume={137},
  pages={76-84}
}
Many coral reef fishes have restricted depth ranges that are established at settlement or soon after, but the factors limiting these distributions are largely unknown. This study examines whether the availability of microhabitats (reef substrata) explains depth limits, and evaluates whether juvenile growth and survival are lower beyond these limits. Depth-stratified surveys of reef fishes at Kimbe Bay (Papua New Guinea) showed that the abundance of new settlers and the cover of coral substrata… CONTINUE READING
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