Effects of habitat relocation on fish community structure- a case study

Polak, Omer, Polak, Tal and Shashar, Nadav (2014) Effects of habitat relocation on fish community structure- a case study. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 97 12: 1335-1345. doi:10.1007/s10641-014-0223-1

Author Polak, Omer
Polak, Tal
Shashar, Nadav
Title Effects of habitat relocation on fish community structure- a case study
Journal name Environmental Biology of Fishes   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0378-1909
Publication date 2014-12-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10641-014-0223-1
Open Access Status
Volume 97
Issue 12
Start page 1335
End page 1345
Total pages 11
Place of publication Dordrecht, GX, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Subject 1105 Dentistry
1104 Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Abstract Local habitat structure and the environment in which it occurs are some of the key components in the development of fish communities. In this case study we examined a snapshot of their relative role following relocation of four artificial reefs (ARs) from a coral reef environment to a sandy area with adjacent sea grass beds. Monitoring the fish communities on ARs and in the surrounding areas revealed that in their new locations, the ARs contained greater fish richness and abundance, with more diurnal than nocturnal fish, but their feeding guilds were similar to those of fish in the reef location. A multivariate analysis showed that the ARs had distinctly different fish assemblage from those of their surroundings regardless of their location. Nonetheless, we identified an effect of the surroundings on AR fish community assemblage. We propose that on a meso- scale, fish community structure is primarily dependent on the properties of the AR rather than on those of the surrounding environment.
Keyword Artificial reef
Community composition
Habitat contrast
Natural reef
Red sea
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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