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Assessment of coral reefs using herbivory/nutrient assays and indicator groups of benthic primary producers: a critical synthesis, proposed protocols, and critique of management strategies

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2006
Title: Assessment of coral reefs using herbivory/nutrient assays and indicator groups of benthic primary producers: a critical synthesis, proposed protocols, and critique of management strategies.
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Name(s): Littler, Mark M., creator
Littler, Diane S., creator
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Article
Issuance: single unit
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Extent: 22 p.
Physical Description: pdf
Language(s): English
Identifier: 3174117 (digitool), FADT3174117 (IID), fau:5780 (fedora), 10.1002/aqc.790 (doi)
Note(s): Rapid assessment protocols for determining and monitoring the status of any given coral reef are provided and include measuring: (a) standing stocks of functional indicator groups, (b) herbivore populations, (c) water-column nutrient levels, (d) tissue C:N:P ratios, (e) algal physiological-response assays, and (f) herbivory assays. These measurements can reveal quantitative tipping-point levels beyond which resilience to undesirable phase shifts begins to become critically reduced. Universal tipping-point approximations are reviewed for inorganic nutrients, and posited for the first time for herbivory.
This manuscript is an author version with the final publicationavailable at http://www.interscience.wiley.com and may be cited as: Littler, M. M., & Littler, D. S.(2007). Assessment of coral reefs using herbivory/nutrient assays and indicator groups of benthicprimary producers: a critical synthesis, proposed protocols, and critique of management strategies. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 17(2), 195-215. doi:10.1002/aqc.790
Florida Atlantic University. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute contribution #1628.
Subject(s): Coral reef ecology
Reefs
Coral
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/FCLA/DT/3174117
Links: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aqc.790
Restrictions on Access: This article is a U.S. Government work and is in the public domain in the U.S.A.
Host Institution: FAU