Habitat preferences and site fidelity of the ornate Wobbegong shark (Orectolobus ornatus) on rocky reefs of New South Wales

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dc.contributor.author Carraro, R
dc.contributor.author Gladstone, W
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-02T07:19:44Z
dc.date.issued 2006-04
dc.identifier.citation Pacific Science, 2006, 60 (2), pp. 207 - 223
dc.identifier.issn 0030-8870
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/14866
dc.description.abstract Habitat and microhabitat preferences and site fidelity of Orectolubus ornatus were assessed between September 2002 and August 2003 to assess potential suitability of marine reserves for its conservation. Of six rocky reef habitats available in the study area (sponge gardens, artificial structures, barren boulders, sand, sea grass, macroalgae), O. ornatus exhibited a significant preference for sponge gardens, artificial structures, and barren boulders habitats. Habitat preferences of males and females, and individuals <1 m and >1 m, did not differ. Orectolobus ornatus selected daytime resting positions with a high topographic complexity and crevice volume and did not select on the basis of prey availability. Habitat and microhabitat preferences may be related to the need for predator avoidance. Regular monitoring of 40 individually identified O. ornatus revealed that none was a permanent resident of the study area. Seven individuals exhibited short-term temporary fidelity to the study area; they were resighted frequently for part of an intensive 100-day survey. Remaining individuals were temporary visitors; they were resighted at most once after initial identification or returning after extended absences. Monthly population surveys confirmed the turnover of O. ornatus in the study area. The lack of long-term site fidelity suggests that small marine reserves will be ineffective as a conservation strategy for O. ornatus. © 2006 by University of Hawai'i Press All rights reserved.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1353/psc.2006.0003
dc.title Habitat preferences and site fidelity of the ornate Wobbegong shark (Orectolobus ornatus) on rocky reefs of New South Wales
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Pacific Science
dc.journal.volume 2
dc.journal.volume 60
dc.journal.number 2 en_US
dc.publocation United States en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 207 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 223 en_US
dc.cauo.name SCI.Environmental Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 0602 Ecology
dc.for 0608 Zoology
dc.personcode 108858
dc.percentage 50 en_US
dc.classification.name Ecology en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
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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
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
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utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)
utslib.collection.history School of the Environment (ID: 344)

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