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MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES Mar Ecol Prog Ser
 

Summary: MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES
Mar Ecol Prog Ser
Vol. 227: 8796, 2002 Published February 13
INTRODUCTION
The effects of habitat patchiness on species diversity
in coral reef fish communities have been the subject of
considerable and often conflicting debate. The influ-
ence of physical characteristics of a reef patch on reef
fish diversity has been widely studied, but results have
been contradictory (Sale 1980). For example, some
studies indicated that reef surface complexity (rugo-
sity) was significantly associated with diversity (Risk
1972, Luckhurst & Luckhurst 1978, Gladfelter et al.
1980, Carpenter et al. 1981, Clarke 1988, McLain &
Pratt 1999), whereas other studies found no such rela-
tionship (Sale & Douglas 1984, Roberts & Ormond
1987, Ault & Johnson 1998). At the larger scale among
reef patches, habitat area has been a reliable predictor
for fish species diversity (Gladfelter et al. 1980, Sale &
Douglas 1984, Clarke 1988, Ault & Johnson 1998). The

  

Source: Acosta, Charles A. - Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Kentucky University

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology