publication . Article . 2017

The shape of success in a turbulent world: wave exposure filtering of coral reef herbivory

Bejarano, Sonia; Jouffray, Jean‐Baptiste; Chollett, Iliana; Allen, Robert; Roff, George; Marshell, Alyssa; Steneck, Robert; Ferse, Sebastian; Mumby, Peter J.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2017
Abstract
1. While environmental filters are well‐known factors influencing community assembly, the extent to which these modify species functions, and entire ecosystem processes, is poorly understood. 2. Focusing on a high‐diversity system, we ask whether environmental filtering has ecosystem‐wide effects beyond community assembly. We characterise a coral reef herbivorous fish community for swimming performance based on ten functional traits derived from fish morphology. We then investigate whether wave exposure modifies the functional make‐up of herbivory, and the absolute and relative feeding frequency of distinct feeding functional groups. 3. Herbivorous fish species ...
Subjects
free text keywords: swimming performance ; herbivorous fish ; functional traits ; feeding frequency ; environmental filtering ; species niches
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