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Do tiny fish rule the reefs? Covert fish larvae may serve as crucial cuisine in coral reef ecosystems

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Riginos, C and Leis, JM, Do tiny fish rule the reefs? Covert fish larvae may serve as crucial cuisine in coral reef ecosystems, Science, 364, (6446) pp. 1128-1130. ISSN 0036-8075 (2019) [Non Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1126/science.aax8961

Abstract

Coral reef fishes are famous for their fantastic colors and forms. Easily overlooked are the cryptic and diminutive (cryptobenthic) bottom-dwelling fishes that also call coral reefs home. By linking empirical data and ecosystem modeling, Brandl et al. (1), on page 1189 of this issue, propose that pelagic (open-water) larvae of cryptobenthic fishes and their small juveniles that recently settled on reefs constitute a key food source for other reef residents. Such a scenario could help explain why coral reefs in nutrientpoor waters teem with life.

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Item Type:Non Refereed Article
Keywords:larval biology, dispersal, population connectivity, fisheries
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Objective Field:Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments
UTAS Author:Leis, JM (Dr Jeff Leis)
ID Code:133316
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2019-06-23
Last Modified:2019-06-25
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