This book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the ecology of coral reef fishes presented by top researchers from North America and Australia. Immense strides have been made over the past twenty years in our understanding of ecological systems in general and of reef fish ecology in particular. Many of the methodologies that reef fish ecologists use in their studies will be useful to a wider audience of ecologists for the design of their ecological studies. Significant among the impacts of the research on reef fish ecology are the development of nonequilibrium models of community organization, more emphasis on the role of recruitment variability in structuring local assemblages, the development and testing of evolutionary models of social organization and reproductive biology, and new insights into predator-prey and plant-herbivore interactions.
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Reproductive and Life History Patterns:D.Y. Shapiro, Intraspecific Variability in Social Systems of Coral Reef Fishes.D.R. Robertson, The Role of Adult Biology in the Timing of Spawning of Tropical Reef Fishes.R.R. Warner, The Use of Phenotypic Plasticity in Coral Reef Fishes as Tests of Theory in Evolutionary Ecology.
Community Organization:R.E. Thresher, Geographic Variability in the Ecology of Coral Reef Fishes: Evidence, Evolution, and Possible Implications.D. McB. Williams, Patterns and Processes in the Distribution of Coral Reef Fishes.M.A. Hixon, Predation as a Process Structuring Coral Reef Fish Communities.A.W. Ebeling and M.A. Hixon, Tropical and Temperate Reef Fishes: Comparison of Community Structures.P.F. Sale, Reef Fish Communities--Open Nonequilibrial Systems.
Fisheries and Management:G.R. Russ, Coral Reef Fisheries: Effects and Yields.