Sublethal effects of coral bleaching on an obligate coral feeding butterflyfish

Pratchett, M.S., Wilson, S.K., Berumen, M.L., and McCormick, M.I. (2004) Sublethal effects of coral bleaching on an obligate coral feeding butterflyfish. Coral Reefs, 23 (3). pp. 352-356.

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Abstract

Coral bleaching is a significant and increasingly prevalent source of coral mortality, representing one of the most severe and widespread disturbances affecting coral reef ecosystems (Hoegh-Guldberg 1999; Pockley 2000). In the last few years (mostly since 1998), major episodes of coral bleaching have occurred on many coral reefs throughout the world, killing 20–80% of zooxanthellate corals (including both scleractinians and alcyonaceans) across expansive reef areas (e.g., Great Barrier Reef, Baird and Marshall 1998; Japan, Shibuno et al. 1999; eastern Pacific, Glynn et al. 2001; Caribbean, Ostrander et al. 2000). In addition to killing zooxanthellate corals, severe large-scale bleaching events may cause significant declines in the abundance of coral reef fishes, particularly among reef fish species that depend on live coral for food or shelter (Shibuno et al. 1999; Kokita and Nakazono 2001; Adjeroud et al. 2002).

Item ID: 10246
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Chaetodon lunulatus; disturbance; hepatocyte vacuolation; resource depletion; physiological condition
ISSN: 1432-0975
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2010 06:04
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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