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Provedor de dados:  Anais da ABC (AABC)
País:  Brazil
Título:  Influence of Palythoa caribaeorum (Anthozoa, Cnidaria) zonation on site-attached reef fishes
Autores:  Mendonça-Neto,José P.
Ferreira,Carlos E.L.
Chaves,Laís C.T.
Pereira,Renato C.
Data:  2008-09-01
Ano:  2008
Palavras-chave:  Benthic covering
Habitat complexity
Reef fish community
Rocky shore
Resumo:  This work aimed to test the influence of Palythoa caribeorum, a widely distributed zoanthid in the Atlantic, on site-attached reef fish in a subtropical rocky shore. Density, richness and vertical distribution of reef fish inside (ID) and outside (OD) previously chosen P. caribaeorum dominance patches were compared through stationary visual censuses along three different periods. Fishes were grouped in different trophic guilds to evidence differences in resources uses in both treatments. A complexity index was estimated by the chain link method and percentage covering of benthic organisms was obtained analyzing random points from replicated photo-quadrats. We observed thirty-eight species of fishes, belonging to twenty-five families. Reef fish communities between studied patches were similar,both in terms of species composition and vertical distribution. Considering only the most site-attached fishes, which were the most frequent and abundant species, data showed that ID sustains higher diversity and abundance than OD. Results showed that benthic composition differ significantly among patches whereas complexity remained without differences. Otherwise, results indicated that these areas might play an important role in space limitation, structuring neighboring benthic community and consequently reef fish assemblages.
Tipo:  Info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Idioma:  Inglês
Editor:  Academia Brasileira de Ciências
Relação:  10.1590/S0001-37652008000300010
Formato:  text/html
Fonte:  Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências v.80 n.3 2008
Direitos:  info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

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