Priority Effects in the Recruitment of Juvenile Coral Reef Fishes
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Examined interactions among newly recruited juvenile fishes and between juvenile fishes and transplanted resident damselfish on artificial reefs in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Two kinds of priority effects occurred: 1) recruitment of 3 species of settling juveniles significantly decreased in the presence of the territorial damselfish, and 2) prior settlement of a juvenile predator lowered successful recruitment of 2 juvenile prey species. The 1st effect increases determinism in the structure of coral reef fish assemblages, while the 2nd decreased their predictability.
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Citation / Publisher Attribution
Ecology, v. 64, issue 6, p. 1508-1513
Scholar Commons Citation
Shulman, Myra J.; Ogden, John C.; Ebersole, John P.; McFarland, William N.; Miller, Steven L.; and Wolf, Nancy G., "Priority Effects in the Recruitment of Juvenile Coral Reef Fishes" (1983). Integrative Biology Faculty and Staff Publications. 400.