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dc.contributor.authorPratchett, M.S.
dc.contributor.authorHoey, Andrew
dc.contributor.authorWilson, S.K.
dc.contributor.authorMessmer, V.
dc.contributor.authorGraham, N.A.J.
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-11T14:32:32Z
dc.date.available2014-11-11T14:32:32Z
dc.date.issued2011-08-12
dc.identifier.citationPratchett MS, Hoey AS, Wilson SK, Messmer V, Graham NAJ (2011) Changes in Biodiversity and Functioning of Reef Fish Assemblages following Coral Bleaching and Coral Loss. Diversity 3: 424-452. doi:10.3390/d3030424.
dc.identifier.issn14242818
dc.identifier.doi10.3390/d3030424
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/334624
dc.description.abstractCoral reef ecosystems are increasingly subject to severe, large-scale disturbances caused by climate change (e.g., coral bleaching) and other more direct anthropogenic impacts. Many of these disturbances cause coral loss and corresponding changes in habitat structure, which has further important effects on abundance and diversity of coral reef fishes. Declines in the abundance and diversity of coral reef fishes are of considerable concern, given the potential loss of ecosystem function. This study explored the effects of coral loss, recorded in studies conducted throughout the world, on the diversity of fishes and also on individual responses of fishes within different functional groups. Extensive (>60%) coral loss almost invariably led to declines in fish diversity. Moreover, most fishes declined in abundance following acute disturbances that caused >10% declines in local coral cover. Response diversity, which is considered critical in maintaining ecosystem function and promoting resilience, was very low for corallivores, but was much higher for herbivores, omnivores and carnivores. Sustained and ongoing climate change thus poses a significant threat to coral reef ecosystems and diversity hotspots are no less susceptible to projected changes in diversity and function.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherMDPI AG
dc.rightsThis is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Diversity
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
dc.subjectClimate change
dc.subjectDisturbance
dc.subjectEcosystem function
dc.subjectHabitat loss
dc.subjectabundance
dc.subjectanthropogenic effect
dc.subjectassembly rule
dc.subjectbiodiversity
dc.subjectclimate change
dc.subjectcoral bleaching
dc.subjectcoral reef
dc.subjectecosystem function
dc.subjectecosystem resilience
dc.subjectenvironmental disturbance
dc.subjectfish
dc.subjecthabitat loss
dc.subjectAnthozoa
dc.subjectPisces
dc.titleChanges in biodiversity and functioning of reef fish assemblages following coral bleaching and coral loss
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)
dc.identifier.journalDiversity
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dc.contributor.institutionARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville QLD 4811, Australia
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Environment and Conservation, Kensington WA 6000, Australia
dc.contributor.institutionOceans Institute, University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia
dc.contributor.affiliationKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
kaust.personHoey, Andrew
refterms.dateFOA2018-06-13T16:02:16Z


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