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Coral Reef Fishes: Dynamics and Diversity in a Complex Ecosystem

An up-to-date review of key research areas in reef fish ecology, with a bibliography including hundreds of citations, most from the last decade
Authoritative, up-to-date, provocative chapters written to suggest future research priorities
An important companion and successor to The Ecology of Fishes on Coral Reefs
Includes discussions of regulation of fish populations, dispersal or site fidelity of larval reef fishes, sensory and motor capabilities of reef fish larvae, and complexities of management of reef species and communities

By: Peter F Sale (Author)

549 pages, illustrations, maps, tables

Academic Press

Paperback | Sep 1993 | Edition: 1 | #29458 | ISBN: 0126151814
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NHBS Price: £56.99 $70/€64 approx
Hardback | Jun 2002 | Edition: 2 | #129979 | ISBN: 0126151857
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About this book

Coral Reef Fishes is the successor of The Ecology of Fishes on Coral Reefs. This new edition includes provocative reviews covering the major areas of reef fish ecology. Concerns about the future health of coral reefs, and recognition that reefs and their fishes are economically important components of the coastal oceans of many tropical nations, have led to enormous growth in research directed at reef fishes. Coral Reef Fishes is much more than a simple revision of the earlier volume; it is a companion that supports and extends the earlier work. The included syntheses provide readers with the current highlights in this exciting science.

Reviews of the second edition:

" [...] an excellent overview of what has been done in research on reef fish ecology and, moreover, what we have failed to do. This new edition is much more than merely a more recent version of the first book published in 1991, but provides insight into the future perspectives of reef fish ecology and into the research that has to be done if we hope to meet conservation goals [...] a perfect guide to the future course of reef fish ecology in the new millennium [...] the format of the book and the structuring of the text, tables and figures is excellent and makes reading the contents a pleasure [...] Coral reef ecologists, marine ichthyologists or reef conservation managers should not put this book into their bookshelves- they should better keep it on their desks."
– Jurgen Herler, University of Vienna, Marine Ecology, 2005

" [...] excellent volume [...] It is an indispensable reference for all researchers and managers working with coral reef fishes."
Ecology (2004)

"Should you add this book to your library? Definitely! Sale has done an excellent job of bringing coral-reef fish biologists up to date and clearly outlining future directions for study."
Copia (2003)

"Coral Reef Fishes is full of fascinating details, new evidence and new ideas."
– Redouan Bshary for Nature (January 2003)

Reviews of the first edition:

"Scientifically, the understanding of the relationships of reef fishes to each other and to their environments has grown by leaps, and the reef-fish system promises to become a standard system for testing ideas in ecology [...] The Ecology of Fishes on Coral Reefs can provide a foundation on which to build future research."
– Paul R. Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University, California

"An excellent summary with a fine mix of subjects treated by outstanding experts [...] The overall balance of the book seems excellent as it begins with an overview of reef fishes and proceeds logically to a consideration of reef fish community structure [...] I think the book will find a broad appeal not only to those of us who work with reef fishes but also to general ecologists who want to include reef fish biology in their courses and should use works of this kind in their own comparative syntheses."
– C. Lavett Smith, Department of Herpetology and Ichthyology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York

"It will be a very worthwhile contribution, one that should have a broad appeal on the market [...] I find it overall to be a thoughtful, well organized prospectus, and I believe the book could potentially offer a landmark contribution to the subject. This book should have a broad appeal among ecologists, ichthyologists and anyone interested in the study of coral reefs. Sale has recruited some of the leading authorities in the field, and I am sure this will be reflected in the quality of the final product."
– G. David Johnson, Division of Fishes, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

"The Ecology of Fishes on Coral Reefs provides an excellent review of current knowledge on the ecology of coral reef fish [...] The book provides an excellent summary and evaluation of current thinking in the ecology of fishes on coral reefs and deserves to be widely read by students, research scientists and reef managers alike. This is an excellent book that will serve not just as an information and literature reference for future reef fish researchers: it will also serve as a fountain from which all ecologists will draw a cornucopia of ideas."



Section I Reef Fishes- A Diversity of Adaptations and Specializations
Chapter 1 The History and Biogeography of Fishes on Coral Reefs
Chapter 2 Ecomorphology of Feeding in Coral Reef Fishes
Chapter 3 Age-Based Studies
Chapter 4 Rarity in Coral Reef Fish Communities
Chapter 5 The Ecological Context of Reproductive Behavior

Section II Replenishment of Reef Fish Populations and Communities
Chapter 6 The Sensory World of Coral Reef Fishes
Chapter 7 Larval Dispersal and Retention and Consequences for Population Connectivity
Chapter 8 The Biology, Behavior and Ecology of the Pelagic, Larval Stage of Coral Reef Fishes
Chapter 9 Biogeography and Larval Dispersal Inferred from Population Genetic Analysis
Chapter 10 Numerical and Energetic Processes in the Ecology of Coral Reef Fishes

Section III Dynamics of Reef Fish Populations and Communities
Chapter 11 Otolith Applications in Reef Fish Ecology
Chapter 12 Energetics and Fish Diversity on Coral Reefs
Chapter 13 Simulating Large-Scale Population Dynamics Using Small-Scale Data
Chapter 14 Density Dependence in Reef Fish Populations
Chapter 15 Variable Replenishment and the Dynamics of Reef Fish Populations

Section IV Management of Coral Reef Fishes
Chapter 16 The Science We Need to Develop for More Effective Management
Chapter 17 Reef Fish Ecology and Grouper Conservation and Management
Chapter 18 Ecological Issues and the Trades in Live Reef Fishes
Chapter 19 Yet Another Review of Marine Reserves as Reef Fishery Management Tools

Taxonomic Index
Subject Index

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