Coral Reef Fishes: Dynamics and Diversity in a Complex by Peter F. Sale

By Peter F. Sale

Coral Reef Fishes is the successor of The Ecology of Fishes on Coral Reefs . This new version comprises provocative experiences overlaying the main components of reef fish ecology. issues in regards to the well-being of coral reefs, and popularity that reefs and their fishes are economically vital elements of the coastal oceans of many tropical international locations, have ended in huge, immense progress in study directed at reef fishes. Coral Reef Fishes is far greater than an easy revision of the sooner quantity; it's a significant other that helps and extends the sooner paintings. The incorporated syntheses supply readers with the present highlights during this intriguing technology. Key gains * An up to date evaluate of key learn parts in reef fish ecology, with a bibliography together with countless numbers of citations, such a lot from the decade * Authoritative, updated, provocative chapters written to indicate destiny examine priorities * an immense spouse and successor to The Ecology of Fishes on Coral Reefs * contains discussions of law of fish populations, dispersal or web site constancy of larval reef fishes, sensory and motor features of reef fish larvae, and complexities of administration of reef species and groups

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In the fossil record, modern scleractinian-dominated coral reefs and modern reef fishes first appear and then diversify at approximately the same time. In the early Cenozoic, coral reefs may have filled an ecological vacuum (cf. Boucot, 1983) and provided a habitat within which Bellwood and Wainwright basal percomorphs could rapidly diversify. Coral reefs may therefore represent the site of origin and the site for the maintenance of reef fish faunas. 2. Coral reefs as a benign sanctuary. Coral reefs may merely provide a habitat capable of supporting a diverse fish fauna.

The spreading Atlantic and narrowing Tethyan seaway. E. Isthmus of Panama The Pliocene raising of the Isthmus of Panama (IOP) marks the final closure of the tropical seas into two discrete regions. 1 Ma (Coates and Obando, 1996). For fish, the observed impact is predominantly at the species level. There remain about a dozen species of shore fish that span the isthmus with little or no morphological differentiation, and several closely related species pairs. , 1994) and blennies (Hastings, 1990).

A similar pattern is reported in the larger foraminifera (Dilley, 1973). The proposed vicariance event, which resulted in this initial separation of the Caribbean and Mediterranean regions of the Tethys, is the spreading of the Atlantic ridge system and the expansion of the protoAtlantic. Restriction of water movement between the Americas would have reinforced the extent of isolation by reducing trans-Pacific colonization (cf. Klassen, 1995). , the spreading Atlantic and narrowing Tethyan seaway.

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