Regional-scale variation in the distribution and abundance of farming damselfishes on Australia's Great Barrier Reef

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/562129
Title:
Regional-scale variation in the distribution and abundance of farming damselfishes on Australia's Great Barrier Reef
Authors:
Emslie, Michael J.; Logan, Murray; Ceccarelli, Daniela M.; Cheal, Alistair J.; Hoey, Andrew; Miller, Ian R.; Sweatman, Hugh P A
Abstract:
Territorial damselfishes that manipulate ("farm") the algae in their territories can have a marked effect on benthic community structure and may influence coral recovery following disturbances. Despite the numerical dominance of farming species on many reefs, the importance of their grazing activities is often overlooked, with most studies only examining their roles over restricted spatial and temporal scales. We used the results of field surveys covering 9.5° of latitude of the Great Barrier Reef to describe the distribution, abundance and temporal dynamics of farmer communities. Redundancy analysis revealed unique subregional assemblages of farming species that were shaped by the combined effects of shelf position and, to a lesser extent, by latitude. These spatial patterns were largely stable through time, except when major disturbances altered the benthic community. Such disturbances affected the functional guilds of farmers in different ways. Since different guilds of farmers modify benthic community structure and affect survival of juvenile corals in different ways, these results have important implications for coral recovery following disturbances. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.
KAUST Department:
Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
Publisher:
Springer Nature
Journal:
Marine Biology
Issue Date:
15-Mar-2012
DOI:
10.1007/s00227-012-1910-0
Type:
Article
ISSN:
00253162
Appears in Collections:
Articles; Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)

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dc.contributor.authorEmslie, Michael J.en
dc.contributor.authorLogan, Murrayen
dc.contributor.authorCeccarelli, Daniela M.en
dc.contributor.authorCheal, Alistair J.en
dc.contributor.authorHoey, Andrewen
dc.contributor.authorMiller, Ian R.en
dc.contributor.authorSweatman, Hugh P Aen
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-03T09:45:29Zen
dc.date.available2015-08-03T09:45:29Zen
dc.date.issued2012-03-15en
dc.identifier.issn00253162en
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s00227-012-1910-0en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/562129en
dc.description.abstractTerritorial damselfishes that manipulate ("farm") the algae in their territories can have a marked effect on benthic community structure and may influence coral recovery following disturbances. Despite the numerical dominance of farming species on many reefs, the importance of their grazing activities is often overlooked, with most studies only examining their roles over restricted spatial and temporal scales. We used the results of field surveys covering 9.5° of latitude of the Great Barrier Reef to describe the distribution, abundance and temporal dynamics of farmer communities. Redundancy analysis revealed unique subregional assemblages of farming species that were shaped by the combined effects of shelf position and, to a lesser extent, by latitude. These spatial patterns were largely stable through time, except when major disturbances altered the benthic community. Such disturbances affected the functional guilds of farmers in different ways. Since different guilds of farmers modify benthic community structure and affect survival of juvenile corals in different ways, these results have important implications for coral recovery following disturbances. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.en
dc.publisherSpringer Natureen
dc.titleRegional-scale variation in the distribution and abundance of farming damselfishes on Australia's Great Barrier Reefen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)en
dc.identifier.journalMarine Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionAustralian Institute of Marine Science, PMB No. 3, TMC, Townsville, QLD 4810, Australiaen
dc.contributor.institutionPO Box 215, Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island, QLD, Australiaen
dc.contributor.institutionARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD 4811, Australiaen
kaust.authorHoey, Andrewen
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