Interpreting Space Use and Behavior of Blue Tang, Acanthurus coeruleus, in the Context of Habitat, Density, and Intra-specific Interactions

@article{Semmens2005InterpretingSU,
  title={Interpreting Space Use and Behavior of Blue Tang, Acanthurus coeruleus, in the Context of Habitat, Density, and Intra-specific Interactions},
  author={Brice X. Semmens and Daniel R. Brumbaugh and Joshua A. Drew},
  journal={Environmental Biology of Fishes},
  year={2005},
  volume={74},
  pages={99-107}
}
SynopsisWe hypothesized that blue tang, Acanthurus coeruleus, territories on sites with low biogenic structure would be larger than territories on sites with relatively high biogenic structure due to differences in the amount and distribution of resources. We tested this hypothesis by tracking blue tang over uncolonized pavement and reef crest, two habitat types at opposite ends of the habitat structure spectrum. We recorded density, feeding rates and aggression events in order to evaluate our… 
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