Wave energy and swimming performance shape coral reef fish assemblages.

  title={Wave energy and swimming performance shape coral reef fish assemblages.},
  author={Christopher J Fulton and David R Bellwood and Peter C. Wainwright},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={272 1565},
Physical factors often have an overriding influence on the distribution patterns of organisms, and can ultimately shape the long-term structure of communities. Although distribution patterns in sessile marine organisms have frequently been attributed to functional characteristics interacting with wave-induced water motion, similar evidence for mobile organisms is lacking. Links between fin morphology and swimming performance were examined in three diverse coral reef fish families from two major… CONTINUE READING
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