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MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES Mar Ecol Prog Ser
 

Summary: MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES
Mar Ecol Prog Ser
Vol. 365: 177186, 2008
doi: 10.3354/meps07489
Published August 18
INTRODUCTION
Numerous studies have described the relationships
between organisms and the structural complexity of
their habitats (Lindenmayer & Hobbs 2004, Bostrom et
al. 2006). In marine ecosystems, habitat associations
are commonly described for the early life stages of
fishes (Carr 1991, Sale et al. 2005) and invertebrates
(Eggleston et al. 1998) for some period of time after
their transition (settlement) from a pelagic to benthic
existence (defined as recruitment; Caley et al. 1996).
Because recruitment is thought to be a critical phase
in the population dynamics of marine fishes (e.g. Caley
et al. 1996, Hixon & Webster 2002), variation in struc-
tural habitat complexity that influences recruitment
success has received considerable attention (Carr

  

Source: Anderson, Todd - Department of Biology, San Diego State University

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology