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Competition between corals and algae on coral reefs: a review of evidence and mechanisms

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dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science
dc.contributor James Cook Univ N Queensland
dc.contributor Dept Marine Biol
dc.contributor Hasanuddin Univ
dc.contributor James Cook University
dc.contributor Dept Trop Plant Sci
dc.contributor Universitas Hasanuddin
dc.contributor Australian Inst Marine Sci
dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science (aims) en DIAZ-PULIDO, G MCCOOK, LJ JOMPA, J 2013-02-28T06:46:42Z 2013-02-28T06:46:42Z 2017-03-21T01:11:04Z 2019-07-08T02:24:47Z 2013-02-28T06:46:42Z 2013-02-28T06:46:42Z 2017-03-21T01:11:04Z 2019-07-08T02:24:47Z 2001-05-01
dc.identifier 5843 en
dc.identifier.citation McCook LJ, Jompa J and Diaz-Pulido G (2001) Competition between corals and algae on coral reefs: a review of evidence and mechanisms. Coral Reefs. 19: 400-417. en
dc.identifier.issn 0722-4028
dc.description Link to abstract/full text - en
dc.description.abstract Despite widespread acceptance that competition between scleractinian corals and benthic algae is important to the structure of coral reef communities there is little direct experimental evidence that corals and algae do compete, and very little data on the processes and causality of their interactions. Most available evidence is observational or correlative, with intrinsic risks of confounded causality. This paper reviews and categorises the available evidence, concluding that competition between corals and algae probably is widespread on coral reefs, but also that the interaction varies considerably. Widespread replacement of corals by algae may often indicate coral mortality due to external disturbances. rather than competitive overgrowth, but may lead to competitive inhibition of coral recruitment. with consequences for reef recovery. We list eight specific processes by which corals and algae may affect each other, and suggest life history properties that will influence which of these interactions are possible. We propose a matrix for algal effects on corals, which lists the subset of processes possible for each combination of coral life form and algal functional group. This table provides a preliminary framework for improved understanding and interpretation of coral-algal interactions.
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dc.language English
dc.language en en
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dc.relation.ispartof Coral Reefs - pages: 19: 400-417 en
dc.relation.uri en
dc.subject Great-barrier-reef
dc.subject Coral-algal Competition
dc.subject Community Structure
dc.subject Marine & Freshwater Biology
dc.subject Overgrowth
dc.subject Field Experiments
dc.subject Building Coral
dc.subject Macroalgae
dc.subject Hermatypic Corals
dc.subject Interspecific Competition
dc.subject Mass Mortality
dc.subject Red-alga
dc.subject Sea-urchins
dc.subject Phase Shifts
dc.subject Phase-shifts
dc.subject Coral Reef Algae
dc.title Competition between corals and algae on coral reefs: a review of evidence and mechanisms
dc.type journal article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s003380000129 en
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000169025400012

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