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Ecology of Fishes on Coral Reefs

Reflects the very latest research in a broad and ever-growing field, making this a must-read for those new to the field as well as for experienced researchers
Beautifully illustrated in full-colour, with 36 chapters comprehensively covering the full spectrum of current research on coral reef fishes
Featuring contributions from leaders in the field, considering coral reef fishes in the context of ecology; patterns and processes; human intervention and impacts; conservation; and past and current debates

By: Camilo Mora (Editor), Peter F Sale (Foreword By)

374 pages, 116 colour & 25 b/w photos and illustrations, 15 colour tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Apr 2015 | #218469 | ISBN-13: 9781107089181
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The local diversity and global richness of coral reef fishes, along with the diversity manifested in their morphology, behaviour and ecology, provides fascinating and diverse opportunities for study. Reflecting the very latest research in a broad and ever-growing field, this comprehensive guide is a must-read for anyone interested in the ecology of fishes on coral reefs. Featuring contributions from leaders in the field, the 36 chapters cover the full spectrum of current research. They are presented in five parts, considering coral reef fishes in the context of ecology; patterns and processes; human intervention and impacts; conservation; and past and current debates. Beautifully illustrated in full-colour, Ecology of Fishes on Coral Reefs is designed to summarise and help build upon current knowledge and to facilitate further research. It is an ideal resource for those new to the field as well as for experienced researchers.

"This book provides a complete coverage of traditional ecological topics, but it is unique in its focus on how accelerating socio-ecological and environmental changes affect coral-reef fishes"
- Charles Birkeland, University of Hawaii Manoa, USA

"To do them justice, a book on the ecology of coral reef fishes should surely be diverse in content, it should inspire, excite, and instill concern. And, of course, it should be colourful. This volume is all of these things."
- Kevin J. Gaston, University of Exeter, UK

"All you ever wanted to know about coral reef fishes (and much much more). Overflowing with ideas, beautifully illustrated, clearly written and compellingly organized – this book will be the go-to reference for a very long time."
- Nancy Knowlton, USA (author of Citizens of the Sea)

"A comprehensive coverage of topics about the ecology of coral reef fishes, and, last but not least, it is beautifully illustrated. A must-read for anyone interested in reef fishes."
- Michel Loreau, National Centre for Scientific Research, France

"Coral reef fishes are jewels in the biodiversity crown. This authoritative and beautifully illustrated book presents the latest ecological information – essential reading for researchers as well as for those working in conservation."
- Georgina Mace, University College London, UK

"This richly illustrated volume reviews the ecology of the Earth's most complex community... including conceptual debates and conservation issues, with chapters by leading experts."
- John E. Randall, USA (author of Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific)

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List of contributors
Foreword Peter F. Sale

Part I. Ecology of Reef Fishes
1. Sensory biology and navigation behavior of reef fish larvae Jelle Atema, Gabriele Gerlach and Claire B. Paris
2. Mission impossible: unlocking the secrets of coral reef fish dispersal Geoffrey P. Jones
3. Recruitment of coral reef fishes: linkages across stages Su Sponaugle
4. Competition in reef fishes Graham E. Forrester
5. Predation: piscivory and the ecology of coral reef fishes Mark A. Hixon

Part II. Patterns and Processes in Reef Fishes
6. The evolution of fishes on coral reefs: fossils, phylogenies and functions David R. Bellwood, Christopher H. R. Goatley, Peter F. Cowman and Orpha Bellwood
7. Phylogeography of coral reef fishes Jeff A. Eble, Brian W. Bowen and Giacomo Bernardi
8. How many coral reef fish species are there? Cryptic diversity and the new molecular taxonomy Benjamin C. Victor
9. Large scale patterns and processes in reef fish richness Camilo Mora
10. Patterns and processes in geographic range size in coral reef fishes Benjamin I. Ruttenberg and Sarah E. Lester
11. Patterns and processes in reef fish body size Michel Kulbicki, Valeriano Parravicini and David Mouillot
12. Multi-scale patterns and processes in reef fish abundance M. Aaron MacNeil and Sean R. Connolly

Part III. Human Fingerprints on Reef Fishes
13. Effects of climate change on coral reef fishes Morgan S. Pratchett, Shaun K. Wilson and Philip L. Munday
14. Effects of fishing on the fishes and habitat of coral reefs Edward E. DeMartini and Jennifer E. Smith
15. Effects of sedimentation, eutrophication and chemical pollution on coral reef fishes Amelia S. Wenger, Katharina E. Fabricius, Geoffrey P. Jones and Jon E. Brodie
16. Impacts of invasive species on coral reef fishes Isabelle M. Côté and John F. Bruno
17. Cashing in on coral reefs: the implications of exporting reef fishes Yvonne Sadovy de Mitcheson and Xueying Yin

Part IV. Conservation of Reef Fishes
18. Resilience in reef fish communities Tim McClanahan
19. Phase shifts and coral reef fishes Nicholas A. J. Graham
20. Extinction risk in reef fishes Loren McClenachan
21. A perspective on the management of coral reef fisheries Alan M. Friedlander
22. Linkages between social systems and coral reefs Joshua E. Cinner and John N. Kittinger

Part V. Debates, Paradigm Shifts, Relevant Hypotheses
23. Is dispersal of larval reef fishes passive? Jeffrey M. Leis
24. Density dependence and independence and the population dynamics of coral reef fishes Nick Tolimieri
25. Equilibrial versus non-equilibrial dynamics in coral reef fishes Mark A. Steele
26. Cryptic density dependence: integrating supply side ecology with population regulation Jeffrey S. Shima and Craig W. Osenberg
27. Priority effects Myra J. Shulman
28. Inverted trophic pyramids Stuart A. Sandin and Brian J. Zgliczynski
29. Shifting baselines in coral reef fishes Enric Sala
30. Pluralism explains diversity in the Coral Triangle Paul H. Barber and Christopher P. Meyer
31. Reef fish biogeographical regions John C. Briggs
32. Size and sex change Robert R. Warner
33. Quantifying reef fishes: bias in observational approaches Paolo Usseglio
34. Seascape ecology of fishes on coral reefs Simon J. Pittman and Andrew D. Olds
35. The future for coral reef fishes Peter F. Sale
36. Perpetual struggle for conservation in a crowded world and the needed paradigm shift for easing ultimate burdens Camilo Mora


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Camilo Mora is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. He is a reef fish ecologist with broad expertise in the analysis of large-scale patterns of diversity, processes and threats to coral reefs. His approach to research involves large-scale (at times global) assessment of ecological problems.


- Peter F. Sale
- Jelle Atema
- Gabriele Gerlach
- Claire B. Paris
- Geoffrey P. Jones
- Su Sponaugle
- Graham E. Forrester
- Mark A. Hixon
- David R. Bellwood
- Christopher H. R. Goatley
- Peter F. Cowman
- Orpha Bellwood
- Jeff A. Eble
- Brian W. Bowen
- Giacomo Bernardi
- Benjamin C. Victor
- Camilo Mora
- Benjamin I. Ruttenberg
- Sarah E. Lester
- Michel Kulbicki
- Valeriano Parravicini
- David Mouillot
- M. Aaron MacNeil
- Sean R. Connolly
- Morgan S. Pratchett
- Shaun K. Wilson
- Philip L. Munday
- Edward E. DeMartini
- Jennifer E. Smith
- Amelia S. Wenger
- Katharina E. Fabricius
- Jon E. Brodie
- Isabelle M. Côté
- John F. Bruno
- Yvonne Sadovy de Mitcheson
- Xueying Yin
- Tim McClanahan
- Nicholas A. J. Graham
- Loren McClenachan
- Alan M. Friedlander
- Joshua E. Cinner
- John N. Kittinger
- Jeffrey M. Leis
- Nick Tolimieri
- Mark A. Steele
- Jeffrey S. Shima
- Craig W. Osenberg
- Myra J. Shulman
- Stuart A. Sandin
- Brian J. Zgliczynski
- Enric Sala
- Paul H. Barber
- Christopher P. Meyer
- John C. Briggs
- Robert R. Warner
- Paolo Usseglio
- Simon J. Pittman
- Andrew D. Olds

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