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Estimating ecosystem function: Contrasting roles of closely related herbivorous rabbitfishes (Siganidae) on coral reefs

Bathgate (previously Fox), Rebecca; Sunderland, Tony L.; Hoey, A.S.; Bellwood, David


We explored the role of behaviour and trophic ecology in driving differences in ecosystem function between 2 closely related species. We examined the relationships between diet, feeding rate, alimentary tract structure and patterns of digestion for 2 reef herbivores commonly found on the Great Barrier Reef, Siganus doliatus and S. lineatus. Despite their similar morphology, the 2 species exhibited distinct feeding behaviours and significantly different feeding rates, diets and movements of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Marine Ecology Progress Series
DOI: 10.3354/meps08059


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