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Field guide to select Eastern Pacific corals and associated coral reef biota
Maté, J.L.; Brandt, M.; Grassian, B.; Chiriboga, A. (2016). Field guide to select Eastern Pacific corals and associated coral reef biota, in: Glynn, P.W. et al. (Ed.) (2017). Coral reefs of the eastern tropical Pacific: Persistence and loss in a dynamic environment. Coral Reefs of the World, 8: pp. 593-637. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1007/978-94-017-7499-4_22
In: Glynn, P.W. et al. (Ed.) (2017). Coral reefs of the eastern tropical Pacific: Persistence and loss in a dynamic environment. Coral Reefs of the World, 8. Springer Science+Business Media: Dordrecht. ISBN 978-94-017-7498-7. xxv, 657 pp. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1007/978-94-017-7499-4, more
In: Coral Reefs of the World. Springer: Dordrecht. ISSN 2213-719X, more

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Keywords
    Abundance; Distribution; Habitat; Marine
Author keywords
    Ecological role; Species-specific references

Authors  Top 
  • Maté, J.L.
  • Brandt, M.
  • Grassian, B.
  • Chiriboga, A.

Abstract
    Eastern tropical Pacific (ETP) coral habitats host functionally complex biological communities. Corals and their associated biota, from charismatic reef fishes to cryptic invertebrate infauna, drive and maintain diverse ecosystem functioning in reef environments. This chapter provides a photographic guide to key and otherwise notable species present in ETP coral habitats. The objectives of this inclusion are to both facilitate field identification and to make accessible key information (i.e. habitat, relative abundance, ecological role, geographic and depth distributions, and pertinent references) available for these coral-associated species. Represented in this guide are 11 species of algae, 102 invertebrates of which 53 are cnidarians, and 28 fishes, with bias towards comprehensive inclusion of cnidarians (corals) and fishes. Effort was made to include cryptic species easily overlooked, warranting select ex situ photographs, as well as to visually describe polymorphism and behavior encountered in the field.

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