Indirect effects of species interactions on habitat provisioning

  title={Indirect effects of species interactions on habitat provisioning},
  author={Sally J. Holbrook and Russell J. Schmitt and Andrew J Brooks},
Species that shelter in a biogenic habitat can influence their refugia and, in turn, play an essential role in shaping local patterns of biodiversity. Here we explore a positive feedback loop between the provisioning rate of habitat-forming branching corals and their associated fishes and show how interactions between two groups of fish—the planktivorous damselfish and predatory hawkfish—altered the feedback. A field experiment confirmed that skeletal growth of branching coral (genus… CONTINUE READING
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