English   español  
Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10261/100934
Share/Impact:
Statistics
logo share SHARE logo core CORE   Add this article to your Mendeley library MendeleyBASE

Visualizar otros formatos: MARC | Dublin Core | RDF | ORE | MODS | METS | DIDL
Exportar a otros formatos:
Title

Nursery value of Cystoseira forests for Mediterranean rocky reef fishes

AuthorsCheminée, A. ; Sala, Enric ; Pastor, Jérémy; Bodilis, P.; Thiriet, P.; Mangialajo, L.; Cottalorda, J. M.; Francour, P.
KeywordsNursery value
Symphodus
Alternate stable states
Canopy
Cystoseira
Fish juveniles
Issue Date2013
PublisherElsevier
CitationJournal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 442 : 70-79 (2013)
AbstractThe canopy-forming fucoid Cystoseira spp. provide biogenic structure, food and shelter for many organisms including fishes on Mediterranean nearshore rocky reefs. Infralittoral Cystoseira forests have declined or disappeared from many Mediterranean locales, leading to a severe transformation of the habitat and the loss of its tri-dimensional structure. Here we assess the nursery value of Cystoseira forests and the consequences of this habitat transformation on the recruitment of rocky reef fish assemblages. Densities of several reef fish juveniles—particularly Symphodus spp.—were 9 to 12 folds greater in Cystoseira forests than in other erect and turf algal assemblages. Experimental habitat manipulation mimicking the alteration of a Cystoseira canopy showed greater abundances of Symphodus spp. juveniles on artificially forested substratum than on bare substratum. Our study quantified for the first time the nursery value and functional importance of Cystoseira forests canopies suggesting that their loss may strongly affect the recruitment of littoral fishes in the Mediterranean Sea.
Description10 páginas, 6 figuras, 1 tabla.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2013.02.003
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/100934
DOI10.1016/j.jembe.2013.02.003
ISSN0022-0981
Appears in Collections:(CEAB) Artículos
Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.
Show full item record
Review this work
 

Related articles:


WARNING: Items in Digital.CSIC are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.