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Coral Shape Affects Reef Fish Abundance

December 13, 2019

CREDIT: JULIE LARSEN MAHER/WCS
  1. They found that changes in coral shape, rather than live coral cover or reef texture, disproportionately affected juvenile reef fishes when compared to adults, and explained more than 20 percent of juvenile decline.
  2. Our findings suggest that continued large‐scale shifts in the relative abundance of morphological groups within coral assemblages are likely to affect population replenishment and dynamics of future reef fish communities.

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