The effectiveness of seahorses and pipefish (Pisces: Syngnathidae) as a flagship group to evaluate the conservation value of estuarine seagrass beds

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dc.contributor.author Shokri, Mohammad en_US
dc.contributor.author Gladstone, William en_US
dc.contributor.author Jelbart, Jane en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-07T06:21:36Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-07T06:21:36Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier 2009002284 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Shokri Mohammad, Gladstone William, and Jelbart Jane 2009, 'The effectiveness of seahorses and pipefish (Pisces: Syngnathidae) as a flagship group to evaluate the conservation value of estuarine seagrass beds', John Wiley & Sons, vol. 19, no. 5, pp. 588-595. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1052-7613 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/13427
dc.description.abstract 1. Syngnathids (Pisces, Syngnathidae: seahorses and pipefish) were investigated for their use as a flagship group to evaluate the conservation value of estuarine seagrass beds in estuaries in south-east Australia. Some species of syngnathids are listed internationally as vulnerable or endangered, and they are a charismatic group of fish that attracts a high level of public support and sympathy. Syngnathids are also protected in several states of Australia. Conservation of syngnathids might provide coincidental benefits to other species that share their habitats. 2. The effectiveness of syngnathids as a flagship group was assessed by (1) testing for correlations with other fish in species richness, density, assemblage variation, and summed irreplaceability value, and (2) determining the number of species of all other fish coincidentally captured in marine protected areas (MPAs) selected for syngnathids. The study was undertaken in a single estuary (scale: tens of square kilometres) and across multiple estuaries (scale: hundreds of square kilometres). 3. Densities of syngnathids and other fish were correlated only at the scale of multiple estuaries. Species richness and summed irreplaceability of syngnathids and other fish were not spatially correlated. Spatial variations in assemblages of syngnathids and other fish were correlated. MPAs selected for syngnathids included more non-syngnathid species than a random selection of locations. 4. This study provides evidence that ranking the conservation value of seagrass beds on the basis of the density and assemblage variation of syngnathids, and selecting MPAs to represent syngnathid species, will simultaneously benefit other fish. Synganthids are therefore regarded as a useful flagship group for conservation planning. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher John Wiley & Sons en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aqc.1009 en_US
dc.title The effectiveness of seahorses and pipefish (Pisces: Syngnathidae) as a flagship group to evaluate the conservation value of estuarine seagrass beds en_US
dc.parent Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems en_US
dc.journal.volume 19 en_US
dc.journal.number 5 en_US
dc.publocation United Kingdom en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 588 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 595 en_US
dc.cauo.name SCI.Environmental Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 060200 en_US
dc.personcode 0000061516 en_US
dc.personcode 108858 en_US
dc.personcode 0000061517 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Ecology en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords irreplaceability ? marine protected area ? reserve selection ? seagrass bed ? surrogate en_US
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