Simplification of Caribbean Reef-Fish Assemblages over Decades of Coral Reef Degradation

@inproceedings{lvarezFilip2015SimplificationOC,
  title={Simplification of Caribbean Reef-Fish Assemblages over Decades of Coral Reef Degradation},
  author={Lorenzo {\'A}lvarez-Filip and Michelle J. Paddack and Ben Collen and Desiree R. Robertson and Isabelle M. C{\^o}t{\'e}},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2015}
}
Caribbean coral reefs are becoming structurally simpler, largely due to human impacts. The consequences of this trend for reef-associated communities are currently unclear, but expected to be profound. Here, we assess whether changes in fish assemblages have been non-random over several decades of declining reef structure. More specifically, we predicted that species that depend exclusively on coral reef habitat (i.e., habitat specialists) should be at a disadvantage compared to those that use… CONTINUE READING
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