Spatial and temporal patterns in herbivory on a Caribbean fringing reef: the effects on plant distribution

@article{Hay1983SpatialAT,
  title={Spatial and temporal patterns in herbivory on a Caribbean fringing reef: the effects on plant distribution},
  author={Mark E Hay and Tina Colburn and Daphne Downing},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1983},
  volume={58},
  pages={299-308}
}
Blades of Thalassia testudinum Banks ex König were used in a field bioassay to assess the impact of herbivorous fishes and urchins in different habitats, at different depths, and at different times of day on a fringing reef at Galeta Point, Panama. Algal transplants were then performed to determine the effect of herbivory on algal distribution and on potential plant-plant interactions in the absence of grazers. Thalassia loss on the reef flat (0%/h) and sand plain (0%/h) was very low relative… CONTINUE READING
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