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Do tiny fish rule the reefs? Covert fish larvae may serve as crucial cuisine in coral reef ecosystems
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-21, 19:22 authored by Riginos, C, Jeffrey LeisJeffrey Leis
Coral reef fishes are famous for their fantastic colors and forms. Easily overlooked are the cryptic and diminutive (cryptobenthic) bottom-dwelling fishes that also call coral reefs home. By linking empirical data and ecosystem modeling, Brandl et al. (1), on page 1189 of this issue, propose that pelagic (open-water) larvae of cryptobenthic fishes and their small juveniles that recently settled on reefs constitute a key food source for other reef residents. Such a scenario could help explain why coral reefs in nutrientpoor waters teem with life.
Department/SchoolInstitute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
PublisherAmer Assoc Advancement Science
Place of publication1200 New York Ave, Nw, Washington, USA, Dc, 20005