Regional-scale assembly rules and biodiversity of coral reefs

Bellwood, David R., and Hughes, Terry P. (2001) Regional-scale assembly rules and biodiversity of coral reefs. Science, 292 (5521). pp. 1532-1534.

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Abstract

Tropical reef fishes and corals exhibit highly predictable patterns of taxonomic composition across the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Despite steep longitudinal and latitudinal gradients in total species richness, the composition of these key taxa is constrained within a remarkably narrow range of values. Regional-scale variation in reef biodiversity is best explained by large-scale patterns in the availability of shallow-water habitat. Once habitat area is accounted for, there is surprisingly little residual effect of latitude or longitude. Low-diversity regions are most vulnerable to human impacts such as global warming, underscoring the urgent need for integrated management at multinational scales

Item ID: 452
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: coral reefs, resilience, management, ecology, ecosystems, conservation
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© 2001 American Association for the Advancement of Science.

ISSN: 1095-9203
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2007
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960802 Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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