Habitat preference of three common fishes for seagrass, Caulerpa taxifolia, and unvegetated substrate in Moreton Bay, Australia

Burfeind, Dana D., Tibbetts, Ian R. and Udy, James W. (2009) Habitat preference of three common fishes for seagrass, Caulerpa taxifolia, and unvegetated substrate in Moreton Bay, Australia. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 84 3: 317-322. doi:10.1007/s10641-009-9444-0


Author Burfeind, Dana D.
Tibbetts, Ian R.
Udy, James W.
Title Habitat preference of three common fishes for seagrass, Caulerpa taxifolia, and unvegetated substrate in Moreton Bay, Australia
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Habitat preference of three common fishes for seagrass, Caulerpa taxifolia, and unvegetated substrate in Moreton Bay, Australia

Journal name Environmental Biology of Fishes   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0378-1909
1573-5133
Publication date 2009-03
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10641-009-9444-0
Volume 84
Issue 3
Start page 317
End page 322
Total pages 6
Editor David L. G. Noakes
Place of publication The Hague, The Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 050102 Ecosystem Function
060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
C1
Formatted abstract
A decrease in seagrass cover and a commensurate increase in Caulerpa taxifolia distribution in Moreton Bay have prompted concern for the impact that habitat change may have on faunal communities. Therefore, it is important to understand the patterns of habitat use. We examined habitat selection of three common seagrass species: double-ended pipefish (Syngnathoides biaculeatus), eastern trumpeter (Pelates quadrilineatus), and fan-bellied leatherjacket (Monacanthus chinensis) using a mesocosm experiment. Fish were given three possible habitat pairings (1) seagrass and C. taxifolia, (2) seagrass and unvegetated, and (3) C. taxifolia and unvegetated. Observation trials were conducted during the day and night over two days. In all trials, fish preferred vegetated habitat (seagrass or C. taxifolia) over unvegetated habitat (sand). In seagrass and C. taxifolia trials, all species preferred seagrass significantly over C. taxifolia. Habitat use patterns did not differ between day and night trials. Caulerpa taxifolia provides a valuable structured habitat in the absence of seagrass; however, it is unclear if C. taxifolia meadows provide other resource benefits to fishes beyond that of shelter. 
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Keyword Caulerpa taxifolia
Habitat change
Habitat preference
Invasive species
Nursery habitat
Seagrass
Meadows
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