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Avoiding the flow: refuges expand the swimming potential of coral reef fishes

Johansen, J L; Fulton, Christopher; Bellwood, David


While many coral reef fishes utilise substratum refuges, the direct influence of water flow and swimming ability on such refuging patterns is yet to be established. This study examined the swimming ability and refuging behaviour of a labrid (Halichoeres margaritaceus) and a pomacentrid (Pomacentrus chrysurus) that inhabit high flow, wave-swept coral reef flats. Field observations of refuging patterns were combined with experimental evaluations in a flow tank using a replica of a substratum hole...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Coral Reefs
DOI: 10.1007/s00338-007-0217-y


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