Coral reef fishes

Opportunities, challenges and concerns

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Abstract

Coral reef fishes represent superb models for test of biological theory in field or laboratory. Nonetheless, our knowledge comes from few locations, few biological disciplines, and few of the more than 70 families of fishes occupying coral reefs. Most reef fishes exhibit complex life histories involving distinctive pelagic larval stages, ecological and structural changes associated with settling on reefs, and a quest by growing juveniles for high quality adult habitat. Remarkable adaptations in development, physiology and behavior characterize these stages, yet opportunities to understand such adaptations decline with the destruction of reef habitat and fish populations by rapidly expanding human populations. Recent advances reflect the power of interdisciplinary collaboration, but the future of reefs and their fishes will likely depend on the ability of reef biologists to collaborate with caring non-scientists and provide knowledge, understanding and direction to those who govern.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCoral Reefs: An Ecosystem in Transition
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages327-346
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9789400701137
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011

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Keywords

  • Adults
  • Behavior
  • Conservation
  • Coral reef fishes
  • Ecology
  • Eggs
  • Exploitation
  • Feeding
  • Fishes
  • Larvae
  • Life history
  • Management
  • Physiology
  • Symbiosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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Montgomery, L. W. (2011). Coral reef fishes: Opportunities, challenges and concerns. In Coral Reefs: An Ecosystem in Transition (pp. 327-346). Springer Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0114-4_19

Coral reef fishes : Opportunities, challenges and concerns. / Montgomery, Linn W.

Coral Reefs: An Ecosystem in Transition. Springer Netherlands, 2011. p. 327-346.

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Montgomery, LW 2011, Coral reef fishes: Opportunities, challenges and concerns. in Coral Reefs: An Ecosystem in Transition. Springer Netherlands, pp. 327-346. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0114-4_19
Montgomery LW. Coral reef fishes: Opportunities, challenges and concerns. In Coral Reefs: An Ecosystem in Transition. Springer Netherlands. 2011. p. 327-346 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0114-4_19
Montgomery, Linn W. / Coral reef fishes : Opportunities, challenges and concerns. Coral Reefs: An Ecosystem in Transition. Springer Netherlands, 2011. pp. 327-346
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