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dc.contributor.authorPratchett, Morgan S.
dc.contributor.authorHoey, Andrew
dc.contributor.authorFeary, David A.
dc.contributor.authorBauman, Andrew G.
dc.contributor.authorBurt, John A.
dc.contributor.authorRiegl, Bernhard M.
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-03T11:12:36Z
dc.date.available2015-08-03T11:12:36Z
dc.date.issued2013-07
dc.identifier.citationPratchett, M. S., Hoey, A. S., Feary, D. A., Bauman, A. G., Burt, J. A., & Riegl, B. M. (2013). Functional composition of Chaetodon butterflyfishes at a peripheral and extreme coral reef location, the Persian Gulf. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 72(2), 333–341. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.10.014
dc.identifier.issn0025326X
dc.identifier.pmid23140852
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.10.014
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/562848
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.
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.
dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.subjectButterflyfishes
dc.subjectCoral reefs
dc.subjectDietary specialisation
dc.subjectDisturbance
dc.subjectHabitat preferences
dc.subjectScleractinian corals
dc.titleFunctional composition of Chaetodon butterflyfishes at a peripheral and extreme coral reef location, the Persian Gulf
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)
dc.identifier.journalMarine Pollution Bulletin
dc.contributor.institutionARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville Q4811, Australia
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of the Environment, University of Technology, Sydney, 123 Broadway, NSW 2007, Australia
dc.contributor.institutionBiology, New York University, Abu Dhabi, PO Box 129188, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
dc.contributor.institutionNational Coral Reef Institute, Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center, 8000 N. Ocean Drive, Dania, FL 33004, United States
kaust.personHoey, Andrew


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