Herbivory versus corallivory: are parrotfish good or bad for Caribbean coral reefs?

  title={Herbivory versus corallivory: are parrotfish good or bad for Caribbean coral reefs?},
  author={Peter J. Mumby},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
With coral cover in decline on many Caribbean reefs, any process of coral mortality is of potential concern. While sparisomid parrotfishes are major grazers of Caribbean reefs and help control algal blooms, the fact that they also undertake corallivory has prompted some to question the rationale for their conservation. Here the weight of evidence for beneficial effects of parrotfishes, in terms of reducing algal cover and facilitating demographic processes in corals, and the deleterious effects… CONTINUE READING
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