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Farming versatility by Pomacentrus wardi

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dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science
dc.contributor Reef Ecotours
dc.contributor Tmc
dc.contributor Australian Inst Marine Sci LEWIS, A. R. CECCARELLI, D. M. EMSLIE, M. J. 2014-08-20T04:33:56Z 2017-03-21T01:08:56Z 2017-03-21T01:08:56Z 2019-05-09T01:06:28Z 2017-03-21T01:08:56Z 2017-03-21T01:08:56Z 2014-08-20T04:33:56Z 2019-05-09T01:06:28Z 2013-01-01
dc.identifier.citation Ceccarelli DM, Emslie MJ, Lewis AR (2013) Farming versatility by Pomacentrus wardi. Marine and Freshwater Research 64(6): 558-561 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1323-1650
dc.description.abstract Territorial damselfishes, or 'farmers', modify the benthic communities in their territories in favour of preferred food species, usually filamentous algae. Behavioural observations of the farming Ward's damselfish, Pomacentrus wardi, on Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, revealed that 55% of the observed individuals had high bite rates on the surface of soft corals (genera Sinularia, Isis and Sarcophyton). Furthermore, numerous soft corals within P. wardi territories were observed to have algal turfs growing on them. Such observations suggest an unprecedented versatility in the choice of seemingly healthy soft corals as a substrate for algal farms. This behaviour may be a novel technique for reducing competitive interactions from roving herbivores, and may have sublethal consequences for the soft corals that remain to be tested.
dc.description.sponsorship These data were collected during a research project funded by the Australian Museum. We thank Z. T. Richards, the project leader, and the directors and staff of the Lizard Island Research Station.
dc.description.sponsorship These data were collected during a research project funded by the Australian Museum. en_US
dc.description.uri en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher CSIRO Publishing en_US
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dc.subject Feeding Ecology
dc.subject Benthic Communities
dc.subject Benthic Community
dc.subject Fisheries
dc.subject Stegastes
dc.subject Territorial Damselfish
dc.subject Algal Turf
dc.subject Coral-reef
dc.subject Herbivorous Damselfishes
dc.subject Herbivory
dc.subject Limnology
dc.subject Territorial Damselfishes
dc.subject Marine & Freshwater Biology
dc.subject Oceanography
dc.subject Soft Coral
dc.subject Soft Corals
dc.title Farming versatility by Pomacentrus wardi
dc.type journal article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1071/MF12343
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000319746000007

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