Grazing pressure on coral reefs decreases across a wide depth gradient in the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea

@inproceedings{Brokovich2010GrazingPO,
  title={Grazing pressure on coral reefs decreases across a wide depth gradient in the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea},
  author={Eran Brokovich and Inbal Ayalon and Shai Einbinder and Nitzan Segev and Yonathan Shaked and Amatzia Genin and Salit Kark and Moshe Kiflawi},
  year={2010}
}
Algae are an essential component of healthy coral reefs and serve as the base of the food chain and as a living habitat for numerous organisms. Herbivorous fish play an important role in coral reef ecology by mediating competition between fast-growing algae and relatively slow-growing corals. However, because of diving-related difficulties, the importance of herbivory in deep mesophotic coral reefs (30 to 150 m) remains largely unknown. We examined the relationship between herbivores and algae… CONTINUE READING

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