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Spatial pattern of size distribution of four fish species on Réunion coral reef flats
Chabanet, P.; Letourneur, Y. (1995). Spatial pattern of size distribution of four fish species on Réunion coral reef flats. Hydrobiologia 300-301(1): 299-308.
In: Hydrobiologia. Springer: The Hague. ISSN 0018-8158, more
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  • Chabanet, P.
  • Letourneur, Y.

    A comparative study of the size distribution of four fish species was performed on three geomorphological zones (back reef, inner reef flat and outer reef flat) on two comparable fringing reef areas (disturbed and non-disturbed) of Reunion Island, S.W. Indian Ocean. The species chosen Chaetodon trifasciatus, Dascyllus aruanus, Stethojulis albovittata and Ctenochaetus striatus were selected both for their abundance and their diverse diets. The method used is based on the estimation of fish size directly underwater by comparison to a graduated table, i.e. photographs of the species for which different size-classes were previously determined. For the two areas, the size of fishes increases from the back reef zone to the outer reef flat, except for D. aruanus which is not present in sufficient numbers on the outer reef flat to allow a statistical analysis. This suggests the existence of a nursery zone in the back reef from which these species might colonize the reef flat. On the back reef zone and the inner reef flat, there is a significant difference in the size distribution of fishes between the disturbed and non-disturbed areas, except for S. albovittata. The number of juveniles is significantly lower in the disturbed area, probably due to environmental perturbations.

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