Temporal variation in the structure of reef slope fish communities ( central Great Barrier Reef ) : short-term effects of Acanthasterplanci infestation *

@inproceedings{McB2006TemporalVI,
  title={Temporal variation in the structure of reef slope fish communities ( central Great Barrier Reef ) : short-term effects of Acanthasterplanci infestation *},
  author={David McB},
  year={2006}
}
  • David McB
  • Published 2006
Temporal and spatial variation in the abundance of acanthurids, caesionids, chaetodontids, labrids, pomacentrids, scarids and siganids was examined on reefs of the central Great Barrier Reef over 4 yr. The reef slopes of 3 outer shelf reefs, 4 mid-shelf reefs and 2 nearshore reefs were first surveyed by visual censuses in 1980. In early 1983 large numbers of the coral-feeding starfish Acanthasterplanci appeared at the base of the slopes of 3 of the mid-shelf reefs. By early 1984 live coral… CONTINUE READING
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