The Ecology of Fishes on Coral Reefs

The Ecology of Fishes on Coral Reefs

1st Edition - August 6, 1993

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  • Editor: Peter Sale
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080925516

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This book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the ecology of coral reef fishes presented by top researchers from North America and Australia. Immense strides have been made over the past twenty years in our understanding of ecological systems in general and of reef fish ecology in particular. Many of the methodologies that reef fish ecologists use in their studies will be useful to a wider audience of ecologists for the design of their ecological studies. Significant among the impacts of the research on reef fish ecology are the development of nonequilibrium models of community organization, more emphasis on the role of recruitment variability in structuring local assemblages, the development and testing of evolutionary models of social organization and reproductive biology, and new insights into predator-prey and plant-herbivore interactions.


Professional ecologists and graduate students, specialists in reef fishes and general ecologists interested in marine life, oceanographers, anyone studying coral reefs, and icthyologists.

Table of Contents

  • Basics:
    P.F. Sale, Introduction.
    W.N. McFarland, The Visual World of Coral Reef Fishes.
    J.H. Choat and D.R. Bellwood, Reef Fishes: Their History and Evolution. Trophic Ecology:
    E.S. Hobson, Trophic Relationships of Fishes Specialized to Feed on Zooplankters above Coral Reefs.
    M.E. Hay, Fish-1Seaweed Interactions on Coral Reefs: Effects of Herbivorous Fishes and Adaptation of Their Prey.
    J.H. Choat, The Biology of Herbivorous Fishes on Coral Reefs.
    G.P. Jones, D.J. Ferrell, and P.F. Sale, Fish Predation and Its Impact on the Invertebrates of Coral Reefs and Adjacent Sediments. Larval and Juvenile Ecology:
    J.M. Leis, The Pelagic Stage of Reef Fishes: The Larval Biology of Coral Reef Fishes.
    B.C. Victor, Settlement Strategies and Biogeography of Reef Fishes.
    P.J. Doherty, Spatial and Temporal Patterns in Recruitment.
    G.P. Jones, Postrecruitment Processes in the Ecology of Coral Reef Fish Populations: A Multifactorial Perspective.
    Reproductive and Life History Patterns:
    D.Y. Shapiro, Intraspecific Variability in Social Systems of Coral Reef Fishes.
    D.R. Robertson, The Role of Adult Biology in the Timing of Spawning of Tropical Reef Fishes.
    R.R. Warner, The Use of Phenotypic Plasticity in Coral Reef Fishes as Tests of Theory in Evolutionary Ecology.
    Community Organization:
    R.E. Thresher, Geographic Variability in the Ecology of Coral Reef Fishes: Evidence, Evolution, and Possible Implications.
    D. McB. Williams, Patterns and Processes in the Distribution of Coral Reef Fishes.
    M.A. Hixon, Predation as a Process Structuring Coral Reef Fish Communities.
    A.W. Ebeling and M.A. Hixon, Tropical and Temperate Reef Fishes: Comparison of Community Structures.
    P.F. Sale, Reef Fish Communities--Open Nonequilibrial Systems.
    Fisheries and Management:
    G.R. Russ, Coral Reef Fisheries: Effects and Yields.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 754
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2013
  • Published: August 6, 1993
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080925516

About the Editor

Peter Sale

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University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada

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