Functional composition of Chaetodon butterflyfishes at a peripheral and extreme coral reef location, the Persian Gulf

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/562848
Title:
Functional composition of Chaetodon butterflyfishes at a peripheral and extreme coral reef location, the Persian Gulf
Authors:
Pratchett, Morgan S.; Hoey, Andrew; Feary, David A.; Bauman, Andrew G.; Burt, John A.; Riegl, Bernhard M.
Abstract:
The functional composition of reef fish assemblages is highly conserved across large biogeographic areas, but it is unknown whether assembly rules hold at biogeographical and environmental extremes for coral reefs. This study examined the functional composition of butterflyfishes in the Persian Gulf, Musandam Peninsula, and Gulf of Oman. Only five species of butterflyfishes were recorded during this study, and mostly just in the Gulf of Oman. Unlike most locations in the Indo-Pacific where butterflyfish assemblages are dominated by obligate corallivores, the only obligate corallivore recorded, Chaetodon melapterus, was rare or absent at all locations. The most common and widespread species was Chaetodon nigropunctatus, which is shown to be a facultative corallivore. The diversity of butterflyfishes in the Persian Gulf is likely to have been constrained by its' biogeographical history and isolation, but functional composition appears to be further affected by limited abundance of prey corals and harsh environmental conditions. © 2012.
KAUST Department:
Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
Publisher:
Elsevier BV
Journal:
Marine Pollution Bulletin
Issue Date:
Jul-2013
DOI:
10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.10.014
PubMed ID:
23140852
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0025326X
Sponsors:
This research was funded by New York University Abu Dhabi Institute. M. Pratchett, A. Baird and A. Bauman were supported by fellowships from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, D. Feary was supported by a Chancellors Postdoctoral Fellowship within the University of Technology, Sydney, and A. Hoey held a fellowship from King Abdulla University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Initial surveys were conducted under the auspices of the Nakheel-UNU-INWEH joint project "Strategic Management of Marine Ecosystems in Nakheel Projects" as part of baseline data collection. Authors are grateful for constructive feedback provided by A. Cole and anonymous reviewers.
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dc.contributor.authorPratchett, Morgan S.en
dc.contributor.authorHoey, Andrewen
dc.contributor.authorFeary, David A.en
dc.contributor.authorBauman, Andrew G.en
dc.contributor.authorBurt, John A.en
dc.contributor.authorRiegl, Bernhard M.en
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-03T11:12:36Zen
dc.date.available2015-08-03T11:12:36Zen
dc.date.issued2013-07en
dc.identifier.issn0025326Xen
dc.identifier.pmid23140852en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.10.014en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/562848en
dc.description.abstractThe functional composition of reef fish assemblages is highly conserved across large biogeographic areas, but it is unknown whether assembly rules hold at biogeographical and environmental extremes for coral reefs. This study examined the functional composition of butterflyfishes in the Persian Gulf, Musandam Peninsula, and Gulf of Oman. Only five species of butterflyfishes were recorded during this study, and mostly just in the Gulf of Oman. Unlike most locations in the Indo-Pacific where butterflyfish assemblages are dominated by obligate corallivores, the only obligate corallivore recorded, Chaetodon melapterus, was rare or absent at all locations. The most common and widespread species was Chaetodon nigropunctatus, which is shown to be a facultative corallivore. The diversity of butterflyfishes in the Persian Gulf is likely to have been constrained by its' biogeographical history and isolation, but functional composition appears to be further affected by limited abundance of prey corals and harsh environmental conditions. © 2012.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was funded by New York University Abu Dhabi Institute. M. Pratchett, A. Baird and A. Bauman were supported by fellowships from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, D. Feary was supported by a Chancellors Postdoctoral Fellowship within the University of Technology, Sydney, and A. Hoey held a fellowship from King Abdulla University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Initial surveys were conducted under the auspices of the Nakheel-UNU-INWEH joint project "Strategic Management of Marine Ecosystems in Nakheel Projects" as part of baseline data collection. Authors are grateful for constructive feedback provided by A. Cole and anonymous reviewers.en
dc.publisherElsevier BVen
dc.subjectButterflyfishesen
dc.subjectCoral reefsen
dc.subjectDietary specialisationen
dc.subjectDisturbanceen
dc.subjectHabitat preferencesen
dc.subjectScleractinian coralsen
dc.titleFunctional composition of Chaetodon butterflyfishes at a peripheral and extreme coral reef location, the Persian Gulfen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)en
dc.identifier.journalMarine Pollution Bulletinen
dc.contributor.institutionARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville Q4811, Australiaen
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of the Environment, University of Technology, Sydney, 123 Broadway, NSW 2007, Australiaen
dc.contributor.institutionBiology, New York University, Abu Dhabi, PO Box 129188, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emiratesen
dc.contributor.institutionNational Coral Reef Institute, Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center, 8000 N. Ocean Drive, Dania, FL 33004, United Statesen
kaust.authorHoey, Andrewen

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