Coral Reef Fishes: Dynamics and Diversity in a Complex Ecosystem

Coral Reef Fishes: Dynamics and Diversity in a Complex Ecosystem

by Peter F. Sale
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Elsevier Science

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Coral Reef Fishes: Dynamics and Diversity in a Complex Ecosystem

The fishes that inhabit coral reefs offer ecologists an outstanding opportunity to explore the dynamics of complex, diverse ecological systems. Study of reef fish ecology has led to major reassessment of ideas about the way species are assembled into communities, about species packing and niche diversification, about coevolution, and about the consequences of recruitment variation, and the wide dispersal of larval forms. Coral Reef Fishes is the successor of The Ecology of Fishes on Coral Reefs. This new edition includes provocative reviews covering the major areas of reef fish ecology. Concerns about the future health of coral reefs, and recognition that reefs and their fishes are economically important components of the coastal oceans of many tropical nations, have led to enormous growth in research directed at reef fishes. Coral Reef Fishes is much more than a simple revision of the earlier volume; it is a companion that supports and extends the earlier work. The included syntheses provide readers with the current highlights in this exciting science. Coral Reef Fishes is an important resource for all whose work or interests include coral reef fishes. Graduate students, professional ecologists, researchers policy makers, and anyone who seeks to improve our management of these interesting and important creatures will need to read this book.

Key Features:
* An up-to-date review of key research areas in reef fish ecology, with a bibliography including hundreds of citations, most from the last decade
* Authoritative, up-to-date, provocative chapters written to suggest future research priorities
* An important companion and successor toThe Ecology of Fishes on Coral Reefs
* Includes discussions of regulation of fish populations, dispersal or site fidelity of larval reef fishes, sensory and motor capabilities of reef fish larvae, and complexities of management of reef species and communities

Author Biography: Peter F. Sale, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780123736093
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Publication date: 07/20/2006
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

I. Reef Fishes: A Diversity of Adaptations and Specializations
II. Replenishment of Reef Fish Populations and Communities
III. Dynamics of Reef Fish Populations and Communities
IV. Management of Coral Reef Fishes

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