Effects of herbivores, nutrient enrichment, and their interactions on macroalgal proliferation and coral growth

Abstract

We conducted a 20-week manipulative field experiment on shallow forereefs of the Florida Keys to assess the separate and interactive effects of herbivory and nutrient enrichment on the development of macroalgal communities and the fitness of the corals Porites porites and Siderastrea siderea. Excluding large herbivorous fishes produced macrophyte blooms… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s00338-009-0529-1

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