Quantifying the influence of small omnivorous fishes on seagrass epiphyte load

Gilby, B. L., Henderson, C. J., Tibbetts, I. R. and Burfeind, D. D. (2016) Quantifying the influence of small omnivorous fishes on seagrass epiphyte load. Journal of Fish Biology, 89 3: 1905-1912. doi:10.1111/jfb.13096


Author Gilby, B. L.
Henderson, C. J.
Tibbetts, I. R.
Burfeind, D. D.
Title Quantifying the influence of small omnivorous fishes on seagrass epiphyte load
Journal name Journal of Fish Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1095-8649
0022-1112
Publication date 2016-09-01
Sub-type Letter to editor, brief commentary or brief communication
DOI 10.1111/jfb.13096
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 89
Issue 3
Start page 1905
End page 1912
Total pages 8
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The influence of two cryptic, seagrass-inhabiting omnivorous fishes, the fan-bellied leatherjacket Monacanthus chinensis and the variable sabretoothed blenny Petroscirtes variabilis, on seagrass epiphyte biomass are described. Overall, M. chinensis significantly reduced epiphyte biomass by 35·1% after 18 h in experimental aquaria, whilst P. variabilis showed a non-significant 15·7% reduction. It is concluded that some cryptic omnivorous species play an important role in epiphyte removal in seagrass beds.
Keyword Algae
Moreton Bay
Phase shift
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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