Epifaunal community structure in Acropora spp. (Scleractinia) on the Great Barrier Reef: implications of coral morphology and habitat complexity

@article{Vytopil2001EpifaunalCS,
  title={Epifaunal community structure in Acropora spp. (Scleractinia) on the Great Barrier Reef: implications of coral morphology and habitat complexity},
  author={E. Vytopil and Bette Willis},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
  year={2001},
  volume={20},
  pages={281-288}
}
The role of microhabitat in structuring epifaunal communities on four corals of varying morphology in the genus Acropora (A. millepora, A. hyacinthus, A. pulchra, A. formosa) was determined on two fringing reefs in the central Great Barrier Reef. Greater abundance and species richness of epifauna on tightly branched coral species in comparison to their rarity or absence on open-branched species suggests that protection afforded by complex habitats is important in structuring coral epifaunal… CONTINUE READING
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