Homogeneity of coral reef communities across 8 degrees of latitude in the Saudi Arabian Red Sea

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/583362
Title:
Homogeneity of coral reef communities across 8 degrees of latitude in the Saudi Arabian Red Sea
Authors:
Roberts, May B. ( 0000-0001-6882-4266 ) ; Jones, Geoffrey P.; McCormick, Mark I.; Munday, Philip L.; Neale, Stephen ( 0000-0002-8407-3009 ) ; Thorrold, Simon; Robitzch, Vanessa S.N.; Berumen, Michael L. ( 0000-0003-2463-2742 )
Abstract:
Coral reef communities between 26.8°N and 18.6°N latitude in the Saudi Arabian Red Sea were surveyed to provide baseline data and an assessment of fine-scale biogeography of communities in this region. Forty reefs along 1100 km of coastline were surveyed using depth-stratified visual transects of fish and benthic communities. Fish abundance and benthic cover data were analyzed using multivariate approaches to investigate whether coral reef communities differed with latitude. A total of 215 fish species and 90 benthic categories were recorded on the surveys. There were no significant differences among locations in fish abundance, species richness, or among several diversity indices. Despite known environmental gradients within the Red Sea, the communities remained surprisingly similar. The communities do, however, exhibit subtle changes across this span of reefs that likely reflect the constrained distributions of several species of reef fish and benthic fauna.
KAUST Department:
Red Sea Research Center (RSRC); Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
Citation:
Homogeneity of coral reef communities across 8 degrees of latitude in the Saudi Arabian Red Sea 2015 Marine Pollution Bulletin
Publisher:
Elsevier BV
Journal:
Marine Pollution Bulletin
Issue Date:
20-Nov-2015
DOI:
10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.11.024
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0025326X
Additional Links:
http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0025326X15301740
Appears in Collections:
Articles; Red Sea Research Center (RSRC); Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division

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dc.contributor.authorRoberts, May B.en
dc.contributor.authorJones, Geoffrey P.en
dc.contributor.authorMcCormick, Mark I.en
dc.contributor.authorMunday, Philip L.en
dc.contributor.authorNeale, Stephenen
dc.contributor.authorThorrold, Simonen
dc.contributor.authorRobitzch, Vanessa S.N.en
dc.contributor.authorBerumen, Michael L.en
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T06:20:20Zen
dc.date.available2015-12-08T06:20:20Zen
dc.date.issued2015-11-20en
dc.identifier.citationHomogeneity of coral reef communities across 8 degrees of latitude in the Saudi Arabian Red Sea 2015 Marine Pollution Bulletinen
dc.identifier.issn0025326Xen
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.11.024en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/583362en
dc.description.abstractCoral reef communities between 26.8°N and 18.6°N latitude in the Saudi Arabian Red Sea were surveyed to provide baseline data and an assessment of fine-scale biogeography of communities in this region. Forty reefs along 1100 km of coastline were surveyed using depth-stratified visual transects of fish and benthic communities. Fish abundance and benthic cover data were analyzed using multivariate approaches to investigate whether coral reef communities differed with latitude. A total of 215 fish species and 90 benthic categories were recorded on the surveys. There were no significant differences among locations in fish abundance, species richness, or among several diversity indices. Despite known environmental gradients within the Red Sea, the communities remained surprisingly similar. The communities do, however, exhibit subtle changes across this span of reefs that likely reflect the constrained distributions of several species of reef fish and benthic fauna.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevier BVen
dc.relation.urlhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0025326X15301740en
dc.rightsNOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Marine Pollution Bulletin. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Marine Pollution Bulletin, 20 November 2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.11.024en
dc.subjectBenthic coveren
dc.subjectBiogeographyen
dc.subjectCoral reef fishesen
dc.subjectDissimilarityen
dc.subjectRed Seaen
dc.titleHomogeneity of coral reef communities across 8 degrees of latitude in the Saudi Arabian Red Seaen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)en
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Divisionen
dc.identifier.journalMarine Pollution Bulletinen
dc.eprint.versionPost-printen
dc.contributor.institutionAustralian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australiaen
dc.contributor.institutionCollege of Marine and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australiaen
dc.contributor.institutionBiology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA 02543, USAen
dc.contributor.affiliationKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)en
kaust.authorRoberts, May B.en
kaust.authorRobitzch, Vanessa S Nen
kaust.authorBerumen, Michael L.en
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