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Wave-induced water motion and the functional implications for coral reef fish assemblages

Fulton, Christopher; Bellwood, David


Using a functional approach, we quantified water motion and the distribution of fish swimming modes across five habitat zones and four exposure regimes commonly found on coral reefs. There were major spatial variations in net flow velocity (7.4-43.2 cm s-1) and rates of flow direction change (0.06-0.66 Hz) among habitats of different depth. Water motion within the shallow crest and flat habitats appeared to be largely wave driven, with rates of flow direction change (0.63-0.66 Hz) corresponding...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Limnology and Oceanography


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