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dc.contributor.authorCoker, Darren James
dc.contributor.authorNowicki, J. P.
dc.contributor.authorGraham, N. A. J.
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-31T11:23:09Z
dc.date.available2017-05-31T11:23:09Z
dc.date.issued2017-04-19
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.
dc.identifier.issn0022-1112
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/jfb.13298
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.
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 A1682
dc.publisherWiley
dc.relation.urlhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfb.13298/full
dc.subjectAbundance
dc.subjectDiversity
dc.subjectCommunity ecology
dc.subjectclove oil
dc.subjectCoral-reef Ecology
dc.titleInfluence of coral cover and structural complexity on the accuracy of visual surveys of coral-reef fish communities
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Fish Biology
dc.contributor.institutionARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies; James Cook University; Townsville QLD Australia
dc.contributor.institutionLancaster Environment Centre; Lancaster University; Lancaster LA1 4YQ U.K.
kaust.personCoker, Darren James
dc.date.published-online2017-04-19
dc.date.published-print2017-06


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