Biology of Coral Reefs

ISBN-10: 0198566360
ISBN-13: 9780198566366
Edition: 2008
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 6/25/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.14" wide x 9.21" long x 0.72" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

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Abbreviations
List of Boxes
Coral Reefs - Biodiverse and Productive Tropical Ecosystems
Introduction
Areas and distributions of reefs
Biodiversity on coral reefs
Coral communities and reef growth
Types of reefs
Profiles and zones of reefs
Biodiversity on reef slopes
Values of reefs to people
The Main Reef Builders and Space Occupiers
Corals
Soft corals and sea fans
Sponges
Other animal species
Macroalgae
Seagrasses and mangroves
Rates of coral growth, rates of reef growth
Soft substrates
The Abiotic Environment
Controls on coral distribution
Salinity
Temperature
Light
Nutrients
Exposure and other hydrodynamic factors
Sediment
Seawater carbonate chemistry
Symbiotic Interactions
What is symbiosis?
Algal-invertebrate symbioses in corals and soft corals
Diversity of zooxanthellae
Physiology of coral calcification
Photosynthesis and carbon fluxes
Nitrogen acquisition and fluxes
Phosphorus
Symbiosis establishment and stability
Coral-microbial associations
Sponge symbioses with non-photosynthetic bacteria, cyanobacteria, and algae
'Macro' or iconic symbioses e.g. fish and sea anemones, shrimps, and fish
Microbial, Microalgal, and Planktonic Reef Life
Microbial reef life
Trophic links
Zooplankton behaviour and ecology
Reef Fishes: Diversity, Feeding, and Food Chains
Geographical influences on diversity
Reef fish: colourful for a reason
Trophic ecology of coral reef fish
The coral reef food chain
Impacts on the food chain
Reef Fisheries and Reef Aquaculture
Fisheries resources on reefs
Practical issues with reef fishes
Live reef fish trade
Aquaculture on reefs
Impacts of fishing
Approaches to managing coral reef fisheries
Controlling coral reef fisheries
Future for reef fisheries
Coral Reefs in the Modern World
Damaging impacts on reefs
Other physical impacts
Coral diseases
Diseases of other reef organisms
Climate change
Acidification
Sea level rise
Cyclones, hurricanes, typhoons
Synergies, stasis, and feedbacks
Consequences to Reefs of Changing Environmental Stress
Ecological consequences of environmental impacts
Changes to the main architectural species
Changes on Indo-Pacific reefs
Sizes of the coral 'reservoir'
Changing food chains and trophic balances
The Future, Human Population, and Management
The time scale available
The elephant in the room
Protected areas and coral reefs
Environmental assessments
Costs, prices, and values
The 'slippery slope to slime'
The future for reefs
Bibliography
Index

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