A deep nursery for juveniles of the zebra angelfish Genicanthus caudovittatus

Brokovich, Eran, Einbinder, Shai, Kark, Salit, Shashar, Nadav and Kiflawi, Moshe (2007) A deep nursery for juveniles of the zebra angelfish Genicanthus caudovittatus. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 80 1: 1-6. doi:10.1007/s10641-006-9160-y

Author Brokovich, Eran
Einbinder, Shai
Kark, Salit
Shashar, Nadav
Kiflawi, Moshe
Title A deep nursery for juveniles of the zebra angelfish Genicanthus caudovittatus
Journal name Environmental Biology of Fishes   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0378-1909
Publication date 2007-09-01
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10641-006-9160-y
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 80
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Place of publication NEW YORK
Publisher SPRINGER
Language eng
Abstract Juveniles of many coral reef fish species are thought to either follow the same bathymetric distribution patterns as the adults, or to occupy shallower waters. However, our knowledge base suffers a dearth of data from the deep reefs (> 40 m). In a recent survey of the deep reefs of the northern Gulf of Aqaba (< 65 in), we examined the bathymetric distribution of 26 diurnal zooplanktivorous species. In sharp contrast to the general trend known from the literature and from this research, the abundance of juvenile zebra angelfish, Genicanthus caudovittatus, peaked at deeper waters (60-65 in) compared with the adults (30 in). This suggests that the deeper reefs may serve as nursery grounds for the zebra angelfish. Peak juvenile abundance coincided with relatively low predator abundances. This raises the question, which factors constrain the bathymetric distribution of the remaining species. Our findings stress the potential importance of deep coral reef research for understanding the ecological patterns and processes that govern reef community structure. (c) Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2006
Keyword bathymetric distribution
deep coral reef
fish distribution
habitat partitioning
technical diving
Coral-Reef Fishes
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status Unknown

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