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dc.creatorWilliams, Stacey M.
dc.creatorSánchez Godínez, Cristina
dc.creatorNewman, Steven P.
dc.creatorCortés Núñez, Jorge
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-25T20:36:37Z
dc.date.available2019-09-25T20:36:37Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.citationhttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/maec.12395
dc.identifier.issn1439-0485
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10669/79169
dc.description.abstractCaribbean reefs have been unevenly surveyed, with many areas lacking baseline data. In this study, the current status of Orbicella reefs, a structurally complex forereef habitat, was quantified in an understudied region, the Eastern Caribbean. During 2011 the same observers surveyed benthic assemblages, coral juvenile density, herbivorous fishes, and invertebrates at 30 Orbicella reefs in four Eastern Caribbean areas: Antigua, Barbados, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines (hereafter St Vincent). Not all Orbicella for-ereefs were functionally the same in the Eastern Caribbean. Benthic communities and herbivorous fishes varied greatly among islands. Hard coral had the highest overall per-cent cover on most reefs in this study, with an average cover of 22%, and was greater than fleshy macroalgal cover at 83% of the sites. Overall, coral juvenile density was low but was positively associated with higher densities of Diadema antillarum, highlighting the importance of herbivory on the reefs. Nearshore coral reefs in Barbados were in a better state than other areas, exhibiting higher coral cover dominated by spawning cor-als, higher densities of coral juveniles exhibiting higher coral cover dominated by spawn-ing corals, higher densities of coral juveniles and D. antillarum. Low biomass of herbivorous fishes at a majority of the coral reef sites is of major concern for the func-tioning of these reefs. Conservation of parrotfishes and other herbivores is necessary given the abundance of algae on most of these reefs and the beneficial effect of their presence on coral juveniles. This is the first comprehensive study that compares the state of Orbicella reefs in the Eastern Caribbean, providing valuable information that will be useful in creating realistic targets for future management and conservation.es_ES
dc.description.sponsorshipUniversidad de Costa Rica/[808- B0-531]/UCR/Costa Ricaes_ES
dc.description.sponsorshipFuture of Reefs in a Changing Environment/[244161]/FORCE/Unión Europeaes_ES
dc.language.isoen_USes_ES
dc.sourceMarine Ecology; vol 38(2), pp. 1-10es_ES
dc.subjectBenthic compositiones_ES
dc.subjectCaribbeanes_ES
dc.subjectDiadema antillarumes_ES
dc.subjectHerbivorous fishes_ES
dc.titleEcological assessments of the coral reef communities in the Eastern Caribbean and the effects of herbivory in influencing coral juvenile density and algal coveres_ES
dc.typeartículo científico
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/maec.12395
dc.description.procedenceUCR::Vicerrectoría de Investigación::Unidades de Investigación::Ciencias Básicas::Centro de Investigación en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología (CIMAR)es_ES
dc.description.procedenceUCR::Vicerrectoría de Docencia::Ciencias Básicas::Facultad de Ciencias::Escuela de Biologíaes_ES
dc.identifier.codproyecto808‐B0‐531


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