Acute effects of removing large fish from a near-pristine coral reef

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dc.contributor.author Mccauley, Douglas en_US
dc.contributor.author Micheli, Fiorenza en_US
dc.contributor.author Young, Hillary en_US
dc.contributor.author Tittensor, Derek en_US
dc.contributor.author Brumbaugh, Daniel en_US
dc.contributor.author Madin, Elizabeth en_US
dc.contributor.author Holmes, Katherine en_US
dc.contributor.author Smith, Jennifer en_US
dc.contributor.author Lotze, Heike en_US
dc.contributor.author Desalles, Paul en_US
dc.contributor.author Arnold, Suzanne en_US
dc.contributor.author Worm, Boris en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-02T07:19:13Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-02T07:19:13Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier 2010002717 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Mccauley Douglas et al. 2010, 'Acute effects of removing large fish from a near-pristine coral reef', Springer-Verlag, vol. 157, no. 12, pp. 2739-2750. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0025-3162 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/14865
dc.description.abstract Large animals are severely depleted in many ecosystems, yet we are only beginning to understand the ecological implications of their loss. To empirically measure the short-term effects of removing large animals from an ocean ecosystem, we used exclosures to remove large fish from a near-pristine coral reef at Palmyra Atoll, Central Pacific Ocean. We identified a range of effects that followed from the removal of these large fish. These effects were revealed within weeks of their removal. Removing large fish (1) altered the behavior of prey fish; (2) reduced rates of herbivory on certain species of reef algae; (3) had both direct positive (reduced mortality of coral recruits) and indirect negative (through reduced grazing pressure on competitive algae) impacts on recruiting corals; and (4) tended to decrease abundances of small mobile benthic invertebrates. Results of this kind help advance our understanding of the ecological importance of large animals in ecosystems. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Springer-Verlag en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00227-010-1533-2 en_US
dc.title Acute effects of removing large fish from a near-pristine coral reef en_US
dc.parent Marine Biology en_US
dc.journal.volume 157 en_US
dc.journal.number 12 en_US
dc.publocation New York, USA en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 2739 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 2750 en_US
dc.cauo.name SCI.Faculty of Science en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
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dc.classification.name Ecology en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
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