High prevalence of obligate coral-dwelling decapods on dead corals in the Chagos Archipelago, central Indian Ocean

@article{Head2015HighPO,
  title={High prevalence of obligate coral-dwelling decapods on dead corals in the Chagos Archipelago, central Indian Ocean},
  author={Catherine E I Head and Michael B. Bonsall and Heather Jane Koldewey and Morgan S Pratchett and Martin R. Speight and Alex David Rogers},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
  year={2015},
  volume={34},
  pages={905-915}
}
Small and cryptic organisms that live within the interstices of reef habitats contribute greatly to coral reef biodiversity, but are poorly studied. Many species of cryptofauna have seemingly obligate associations with live coral and are therefore considered to be very vulnerable to coral mortality. Here we report the unanticipated prevalence of obligate coral-dwelling decapod crustaceans on dead colonies of branching corals in the Chagos Archipelago (British Indian Ocean Territory) in the… CONTINUE READING