Coral Reefs

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Zvy Dubinsky
Elsevier, 1990 - Science - 550 pages
Over the last three decades, coral-reef study has advanced rapidly, widening our understanding of their functional intricacy. These finely- tuned ecosystems have been exposed to many perils as a result of tourist pressure, anthropogenic eutrophication and pollution. A better understanding of coral reefs is therefore essential to their survival.

This volume is built around the key problems underlying the understanding of the structure and function of coral reefs as ecosystems. In each of these research fronts, former accomplishments are summarized and evaluated, and likely future foci are identified. Special attention is given to the interrelations of the different problems and processes which are important properties of these systems.

Coverage is given of recent advances in the understanding of the ways in which abiotic forces - like hydromechanics, light and nutrient regimes - have shaped the evolution and development of coral reefs. The roles of the various organisms that make up the reef community, in the harvesting, assimilation and transformation of energy and in the uptake, storage and recycling of nutrients, are analyzed. The ways to conserve coral reefs in the face of the increasing impact of various anthropogenic stresses are evaluated.

This will be the central reference work for specialists and advanced students, active in all aspects of coral-reef research, and will provide them with a balanced, stimulating view of the many facets of contemporary coral-reef science.

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Contents

CONTENTS
1
Zonation within coral reefs
7
ANDREWS
12
Introduction
13
Mesoscale processes
25
Microscale processes
37
References
45
11
56
Relationships
331
Reef fishes as components of ecosystems
339
Population biology
348
Summary and prospectus
356
114
360
Chapter 13 FEEDING ECOLOGY OF SELECTED
365
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Nitrogen
373

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IRRADIANCE AND CORALS
89
Photoadaptation in corals
97
Concluding remarks
103
CALCIFICATION
109
Conclusions
125
REPRODUCTION DISPERSAL
133
Larval settlement and recruitment
189
T BERNER
196
R W GRIGG University of California
200
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202
COMPETITION BETWEEN
209
Effects of competition on individual reef corals
227
Factors affecting competition between individual reef
241
JOKIEL Gelendzhik7
248
CORALREEF ALGAE
253
Nitrogen fixation
260
103
262
H W DUCKLOW
266
104
276
Bacteria in coralreef food webs
281
B CHALKER
287
PLANKTON IN THE REEF
291
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310
209
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325
Corallivores
374
Higherorder carnivores
380
Spatial and geographic patterns of predation
387
Phosphorus
401
References
408
J EREZ
412
Zooplankton and particulate matter as a source
414
ACANTHASTER PLANCI
419
Impact of A planci outbreaks on coral reefs
426
Possible consequences of infestations
433
Conclusions
435
NATURAL AND ANTHROPOGENIC
439
Conclusions
448
Impacts upon coral reefs
454
R A KINZIE III
467
Chapter 19 TRENDS AND NEW PERSPECTIVES
469
Asexual reproduction and the colonial habit
475
Toxicity and allelochemical substances
481
Conclusions the synthesis
487
SYSTEMATIC LIST OF GENERA compiled
493
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