Regional-scale assembly rules and biodiversity of coral reefs.

@article{Bellwood2001RegionalscaleAR,
  title={Regional-scale assembly rules and biodiversity of coral reefs.},
  author={David R Bellwood and Terry P Hughes},
  journal={Science},
  year={2001},
  volume={292 5521},
  pages={1532-5}
}
Tropical reef fishes and corals exhibit highly predictable patterns of taxonomic composition across the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Despite steep longitudinal and latitudinal gradients in total species richness, the composition of these key taxa is constrained within a remarkably narrow range of values. Regional-scale variation in reef biodiversity is best explained by large-scale patterns in the availability of shallow-water habitat. Once habitat area is accounted for, there is surprisingly… CONTINUE READING
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