Fleshy algae dominate remote coral reefs of Belize

  title={Fleshy algae dominate remote coral reefs of Belize},
  author={Tim R. McClanahan and Richard B. Aronson and William F. Precht and Nyawira A. Muthiga},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
Reports of reefs dominated by fleshy algae in the Caribbean have been increasing since the 1980s (Carpenter 1990, Hughes 1994, Shulman and Robertson 1996, Allard et al. in press, McClanahan and Muthiga 1998). Investigators frequently attribute the change from coral to fleshy macroalgal dominance to a reduction of herbivorous bony fish and sea urchins (Hughes 1994) or to an increase in growth-promoting nutrients in nearshore waters (LaPointe et al. 1997). The offshore reefs of the sparsely… CONTINUE READING

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