Coral Reef Fishes: Dynamics and Diversity in a Complex by Peter F. Sale

By Peter F. Sale

Coral Reef Fishes is the successor of The Ecology of Fishes on Coral Reefs . This re-creation contains provocative stories protecting the foremost components of reef fish ecology. matters concerning the overall healthiness of coral reefs, and popularity that reefs and their fishes are economically very important elements of the coastal oceans of many tropical countries, have resulted in huge, immense development in learn directed at reef fishes. Coral Reef Fishes is far greater than an easy revision of the sooner quantity; it's a spouse that helps and extends the sooner paintings. The incorporated syntheses offer readers with the present highlights during this intriguing technology. Key positive factors * An up to date evaluate of key learn parts in reef fish ecology, with a bibliography together with countless numbers of citations, so much from the decade * Authoritative, updated, provocative chapters written to signify destiny learn priorities * an immense better half and successor to The Ecology of Fishes on Coral Reefs * contains discussions of legislation of fish populations, dispersal or website constancy of larval reef fishes, sensory and motor services of reef fish larvae, and complexities of administration of reef species and groups

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This approach offers a means of gathering broad-scale data on community composition and trophic interactions. It may therefore be useful to consider the information base necessary to identify meaningful functional groups among reef fishes and the possible role of history in determining the nature of these groups. A. Functional Groups on Coral Reefs" Piscine Bioerosion as a Case Study Bioerosion refers to the removal of material by living organisms. On coral reefs there are numerous taxa that bore or excavate carbonate substrata (Hutchings, 1986).

_. FIGURE 10 50 0 20 % 40 mX C 150 O~ 60 Red Sea 120 c ~ 100 80 m "-~ 40 c 50 0 J 0>, C,- 2. o ~. erj t- s x e2 46 t 8 Caribbean Patterns of scarid abundance and respective bioerosion rates at sites in the Indo-Pacific [Red Sea and Great Barrier Reef (GBR)] and Caribbean. [Caribbean values based on Lewis and Wainwright (1985) and Bruggemann et al. (1996); GBR values based on Bellwood (1996b); Red Sea values from C. M. Roberts (unpublished data)]. The following species are found in each region, in order of decreasing abundance.

C o n c l u s i o n s As more data become available it is becoming increasingly clear that congruent divisions in distribution patterns may not reflect a single vicariance event. Congruent patterns at different taxonomic levels in several key locations suggest that either (1) different taxa were affected at different times or (2) a single event affected taxa in markedly different ways. At present these alternatives cannot be resolved. Biogeography based on analyses of distribution patterns, even with cladograms, can only identify the possible location(s) and sequence of vicariance events.

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