Influence of coral cover and structural complexity on the accuracy of visual surveys of coral-reef fish communities

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/623853
Title:
Influence of coral cover and structural complexity on the accuracy of visual surveys of coral-reef fish communities
Authors:
Coker, Darren James; Nowicki, J. P.; Graham, N. A. J.
Abstract:
Using manipulated patch reefs with combinations of varying live-coral cover (low, medium and high) and structural complexity (low and high), common community metrics (abundance, diversity, richness and community composition) collected through standard underwater visual census techniques were compared with exhaustive collections using a fish anaesthetic (clove oil). This study showed that reef condition did not influence underwater visual census estimates at a community level, but reef condition can influence the detectability of some small and cryptic species and this may be exacerbated if surveys are conducted on a larger scale.
KAUST Department:
Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division; Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
Citation:
Coker DJ, Nowicki JP, Graham NAJ (2017) Influence of coral cover and structural complexity on the accuracy of visual surveys of coral-reef fish communities. Journal of Fish Biology. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.13298.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Journal:
Journal of Fish Biology
Issue Date:
20-Apr-2017
DOI:
10.1111/jfb.13298
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0022-1112
Sponsors:
We thank N. Coker for her assistance in the field and logistical support from Lizard Island Research Station staff. We also acknowledge all the fishes that were sacrificed for science. This study was part of a project funded by an ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship to N.A.J.G. This study was completed in accordance with the JCU animal ethics board under permit number A1682
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http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfb.13298/full
Appears in Collections:
Articles; Red Sea Research Center (RSRC); Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorCoker, Darren Jamesen
dc.contributor.authorNowicki, J. P.en
dc.contributor.authorGraham, N. A. J.en
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-31T11:23:09Z-
dc.date.available2017-05-31T11:23:09Z-
dc.date.issued2017-04-20en
dc.identifier.citationCoker DJ, Nowicki JP, Graham NAJ (2017) Influence of coral cover and structural complexity on the accuracy of visual surveys of coral-reef fish communities. Journal of Fish Biology. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.13298.en
dc.identifier.issn0022-1112en
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/jfb.13298en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/623853-
dc.description.abstractUsing manipulated patch reefs with combinations of varying live-coral cover (low, medium and high) and structural complexity (low and high), common community metrics (abundance, diversity, richness and community composition) collected through standard underwater visual census techniques were compared with exhaustive collections using a fish anaesthetic (clove oil). This study showed that reef condition did not influence underwater visual census estimates at a community level, but reef condition can influence the detectability of some small and cryptic species and this may be exacerbated if surveys are conducted on a larger scale.en
dc.description.sponsorshipWe thank N. Coker for her assistance in the field and logistical support from Lizard Island Research Station staff. We also acknowledge all the fishes that were sacrificed for science. This study was part of a project funded by an ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship to N.A.J.G. This study was completed in accordance with the JCU animal ethics board under permit number A1682en
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwellen
dc.relation.urlhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfb.13298/fullen
dc.subjectAbundanceen
dc.subjectDiversityen
dc.subjectCommunity ecologyen
dc.subjectclove oilen
dc.subjectCoral-reef Ecologyen
dc.titleInfluence of coral cover and structural complexity on the accuracy of visual surveys of coral-reef fish communitiesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Divisionen
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)en
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Fish Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies; James Cook University; Townsville QLD Australiaen
dc.contributor.institutionLancaster Environment Centre; Lancaster University; Lancaster LA1 4YQ U.K.en
kaust.authorCoker, Darren Jamesen
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