Habitat-use and specialisation among coral reef damselfishes

Pratchett, Morgan S., Hoey, Andrew S., Wilson, Shaun K., Hobbs, Jean-Paul A., and Allen, Gerald R. (2016) Habitat-use and specialisation among coral reef damselfishes. In: Frédérich, Bruno, and Parmentier, Eric, (eds.) Biology of Damselfishes. Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton, FL, USA, pp. 84-121.

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[Extract] The high diversity of fishes found on coral reefs is traditionally attributed to the high complexity and large number of distinct microhabitats available within reef habitats (e.g., Ross 1986). Habitat complexity is important in facilitating the co-existence of species across a broad range of size classes (Beukers and Jones 1998), largely by moderating predation. The diversity of microhabitats meanwhile, may lead to increased diversity of reef associated fishes (Messmer et al. 2011), especially in case of sympatric fishes that exhibit highly specialised and complementary patterns of habitat use. One striking example of this is the very high levels of habitat specialisation and clear partitioning of anemone species by anemonefishes (e.g., Allen 1972, Fautin and Allen 1997, Elliot and Mariscal 2001).

Item ID: 47602
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-4822-1209-9
Keywords: Pomacentridae; demaslefishes; habitat degradation; coral losss; specialists; generalists
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2017 00:25
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310305 Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) @ 100%
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