Habitat preferences and site fidelity of the ornate wobbegong shark (Orectolobus ornatus) on rocky reefs of New South Wales

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dc.contributor.author Carraro, Robert en_US
dc.contributor.author Gladstone, William en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-02T07:19:44Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-02T07:19:44Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.identifier 2009002144 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Carraro Robert and Gladstone William 2006, 'Habitat preferences and site fidelity of the ornate wobbegong shark (Orectolobus ornatus) on rocky reefs of New South Wales', University of Hawaii Press, vol. 60, no. 2, pp. 207-223. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0030-8870 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/14866
dc.description.abstract Habitat and microhabitat preferences and site fidelity of Orectolobus ornatus were assessed between September 2002 and August 2003 to assess potential suitability of marine reserves for its conservation. Of six rocky reef habitats available in the study area (sponge gardens, artificial structures, barren boulders, sand, sea grass, macroalgae), O. ornatus exhibited a significant preference for sponge gardens, artificial structures, and barren boulders habitats. Habitat preferences of males and females, and individuals <1 m and >1 m, did not differ. Orectolobus ornatus selected daytime resting positions with a high topographic complexity and crevice volume and did not select on the basis of prey availability. Habitat and microhabitat preferences may be related to the need for predator avoidance. Regular monitoring of 40 individually identified O. ornatus revealed that none was a permanent resident of the study area. Seven individuals exhibited short-term temporary fidelity to the study area; they were resighted frequently for part of an intensive 100-day survey. Remaining individuals were temporary visitors; they were resighted at most once after initial identification or returning after extended absences. Monthly population surveys confirmed the turnover of O. ornatus in the study area. The lack of long-term site fidelity suggests that small marine reserves will be ineffective as a conservation strategy for O. ornatus. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii Press en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/psc.2006.0003 en_US
dc.title Habitat preferences and site fidelity of the ornate wobbegong shark (Orectolobus ornatus) on rocky reefs of New South Wales en_US
dc.parent Pacific Science en_US
dc.journal.volume 60 en_US
dc.journal.number 2 en_US
dc.publocation United States en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 207 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 223 en_US
dc.cauo.name SCI.Environmental Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 060200 en_US
dc.personcode 0000059413 en_US
dc.personcode 108858 en_US
dc.percentage 50 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 Orectolobidae -- Habitat -- Australia -- New South Wales en_US
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dc.staffid 108858 en_US


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