Response to comment on "Demographic dynamics of the smallest marine vertebrates fuel coral reef ecosystem functioning"

Brandl, Simon J., Morais, Renato A., Casey, Jordan M., Parravicini, Valeriano, Tornabene, Luke, Goatley, Christopher H.R., Côté, Isabelle M., Baldwin, Carole C., Schiettekatte, Nina M.D., and Bellwood, David R. (2019) Response to comment on "Demographic dynamics of the smallest marine vertebrates fuel coral reef ecosystem functioning". Science, 366 (6472). eaaz1301.

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Allgeier and Cline suggest that our model overestimates the contributions of cryptobenthic fishes to coral reef functioning. However, their 20-year model ignores the basic biological limits of population growth. If incorporated, cryptobenthic contributions to consumed fish biomass remain high (20 to 70%). Disturbance cycles and uncertainties surrounding the fate of large fishes on decadal scales further demonstrate the important role of cryptobenthic fishes.

Item ID: 61417
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 1095-9203
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Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2020 07:54
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 > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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