The effectiveness of seahorses and pipefish (Pisces: Syngnathidae) as a flagship group to evaluate the conservation value of estuarine seagrass beds

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dc.contributor.author Shokri, MR
dc.contributor.author Gladstone, W
dc.contributor.author Jelbart, J
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-07T06:21:36Z
dc.date.issued 2009-07
dc.identifier.citation Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 2009, 19 (5), pp. 588 - 595
dc.identifier.issn 1052-7613
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/13427
dc.description.abstract 1. Syngnathids (Pisces, Syngnathidae: Seahorses and pipefish) were investigated for their use as a flagship group to evaluate the conservation value of estuarine seagrass beds in estuaries in south-east Australia. Some species of syngnathids are listed internationally as vulnerable or endangered, and they are a charismatic group of fish that attracts a high level of public support and sympathy. Syngnathids are also protected in several states of Australia. Conservation of syngnathids might provide coincidental benefits to other species that share their habitats. 2. The effectiveness of syngnathids as a flagship group was assessed by (1) testing for correlations with other fish in species richness, density, assemblage variation, and summed irreplaceability value, and (2) determining the number of species of all other fish coincidentally captured in marine protected areas (MPAs) selected for syngnathids. The study was undertaken in a single estuary (scale: Tens of square kilometres) and across multiple estuaries (scale: hundreds of square kilometres). 3. Densities of syngnathids and other fish were correlated only at the scale of multiple estuaries. Species richness and summed irreplaceability of syngnathids and other fish were not spatially correlated. Spatial variations in assemblages of syngnathids and other fish were correlated. MPAs selected for syngnathids included more non-syngnathid species than a random selection of locations. 4. This study provides evidence that ranking the conservation value of seagrass beds on the basis of the density and assemblage variation of syngnathids, and selecting MPAs to represent syngnathid species, will simultaneously benefit other fish. Synganthids are therefore regarded as a useful flagship group for conservation planning.© 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1002/aqc.1009
dc.title The effectiveness of seahorses and pipefish (Pisces: Syngnathidae) as a flagship group to evaluate the conservation value of estuarine seagrass beds
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems
dc.journal.volume 5
dc.journal.volume 19
dc.journal.number 5 en_US
dc.publocation United Kingdom en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 588 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 595 en_US
dc.cauo.name SCI.Environmental Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 0602 Ecology
dc.personcode 108858
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Ecology en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Irreplaceability
dc.description.keywords Marine protected area
dc.description.keywords Reserve selection
dc.description.keywords Seagrass bed
dc.description.keywords Surrogate
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Science
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Environmental Science
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Environmental Science
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
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utslib.collection.history School of the Environment (ID: 344)
utslib.collection.history School of the Environment (ID: 344)
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