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Consequences of habitat disturbance and recovery to recruitment and the abundance of kelp forest fishes
 

Summary: Consequences of habitat disturbance and recovery to recruitment and the abundance
of kelp forest fishes
Kevin C. O'Connor , Todd W. Anderson
Department of Biology, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego, CA 92182-4614, United States
a b s t r a c ta r t i c l e i n f o
Article history:
Received 6 October 2008
Received in revised form 14 December 2009
Accepted 27 January 2010
Keywords:
Disturbance
Kelp forest
Macrocystis pyrifera
Recovery
Recruitment
Reef fishes
The complete or partial removal of kelp forests due to disturbance can alter species composition and cause
large reductions in the abundance of fishes in temperate zones. The effects of a gradient in disturbance that
results in the thinning of kelp, however, have not been explored. We conducted manipulations
corresponding to 0%, 33%, 66%, and 100% removal of Macrocystis pyrifera (L.) C. Ag at three sites along

  

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

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology