Effects of territorial damselfish on an algal-dominated coastal coral reef

  title={Effects of territorial damselfish on an algal-dominated coastal coral reef},
  author={Daniela M. Ceccarelli and Geoffrey P. Jones and Laurence J. McCook},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
Territorial damselfish are important herbivores on coral reefs because they can occupy a large proportion of the substratum and modify the benthic community to promote the cover of food algae. However, on coastal coral reefs damselfish occupy habitats that are often dominated by unpalatable macroalgae. The aim of this study was to examine whether damselfish can maintain distinctive algal assemblages on a coastal reef that is seasonally dominated by Sargassum (Magnetic Island, Great Barrier Reef… CONTINUE READING
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