Acute effects of removing large fish from a near-pristine coral reef

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Show simple item record McCauley, DJ Micheli, F Young, HS Tittensor, DP Brumbaugh, DR Madin, EM Holmes, KE Smith, JE Lotze, HK DeSalles, PA Arnold, SN Worm, B 2012-02-02T07:19:13Z 2010-01
dc.identifier.citation Marine Biology, 2010, 157 (12), pp. 2739 - 2750
dc.identifier.issn 0025-3162
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.description.abstract Large animals are severely depleted in many ecosystems, yet we are only beginning to understand the ecological implications of their loss. To empirically measure the short-term effects of removing large animals from an ocean ecosystem, we used exclosures to remove large fish from a near-pristine coral reef at Palmyra Atoll, Central Pacific Ocean. We identified a range of effects that followed from the removal of these large fish. These effects were revealed within weeks of their removal. Removing large fish (1) altered the behavior of prey fish; (2) reduced rates of herbivory on certain species of reef algae; (3) had both direct positive (reduced mortality of coral recruits) and indirect negative (through reduced grazing pressure on competitive algae) impacts on recruiting corals; and (4) tended to decrease abundances of small mobile benthic invertebrates. Results of this kind help advance our understanding of the ecological importance of large animals in ecosystems.
dc.publisher Springer-Verlag
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1007/s00227-010-1533-2
dc.title Acute effects of removing large fish from a near-pristine coral reef
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Marine Biology
dc.journal.volume 12
dc.journal.volume 157
dc.journal.number 12 en_US
dc.publocation New York, USA en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 2739 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 2750 en_US SCI.Faculty of Science en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 0602 Ecology
dc.personcode 109159
dc.percentage 100 en_US Ecology en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords NA en_US
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pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Science
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)

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