publication . Article . 2017

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

Sonia Bejarano; Jean-Baptiste Jouffray; Iliana Chollett; Robert Allen; George Roff; Alyssa Marshell; Robert S. Steneck; Sebastian C. A. Ferse; Peter J. Mumby;
Open Access English
  • Published: 23 Feb 2017
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. 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. Herbivorous fish species conformed...
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free text keywords: swimming performance ; herbivorous fish ; functional traits ; feeding frequency ; environmental filtering ; species niches, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Trophic level, Coral reef, geography.geographical_feature_category, geography, Fish species, Niche differentiation, Biology, Fish fin, Ecosystem, Herbivore, Ecological niche, Ecology
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