The influence of connectivity on richness and temporal variation of reef fishes

  title={The influence of connectivity on richness and temporal variation of reef fishes},
  author={Jonathan Belmaker and Yaron Ziv and N. Shashar},
  journal={Landscape Ecology},
To test the effects of connectivity on fish diversity in isolated reef patches we deployed pairs of artificial reefs (AR) at constant distances (12 and 25 m) from a large continuous reef and added series of small ARs to half of them. These small reefs served as stepping-stones to increase fish movement between the large ARs and the continuous reef. Species gain and loss curves were compared to obtain deeper understanding of the underlying mechanisms in relation to the theory of island… CONTINUE READING
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