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Importance of soft canopy structure for labrid fish communities in estuarine mesohabitats

van Lier, Joshua; Harasti, David ; Laird, Roger; Noble, Mae M.; Fulton, Christopher


Hard structural complexity is widely recognised as important for assessing fish habitat quality, but our understanding of the importance of soft habitat microstructure for temperate marine fishes is less developed. We used best-subsets modelling of underwater surveys in sponge, soft coral, and macroalgae mesohabitats within a temperate estuary to assess what measures of soft habitat structure best predicted differences in wrasse (family: Labridae) fish community composition. We found that...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Marine Biology
DOI: 10.1007/s00227-017-3068-2


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