Reef-based micropredators reduce the growth of post-settlement damselfish in captivity

@article{Jones2008ReefbasedMR,
  title={Reef-based micropredators reduce the growth of post-settlement damselfish in captivity},
  author={Conor M. Jones and Alexandra S Grutter},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
  year={2008},
  volume={27},
  pages={677-684}
}
Despite the ubiquity of micropredators and parasites on coral reefs, their effects on the survival and growth of juvenile fishes are virtually unstudied. Caging and laboratory experiments were used to investigate whether reef based micropredators fed on recently metamorphosed damselfish, the time of day that micropredation occurred, and whether micropredation affected fish growth and survival. Caged juveniles of the damselfish, Pomacentrus moluccensis, were held on the reef over four… CONTINUE READING

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