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Food Webs and the Dynamics of Marine Reefs$
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Tim McClanahan and George M. Branch

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195319958

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195319958.001.0001

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Food-Web Structure and Dynamics of Eastern Tropical Pacific Coral Reefs: Panamá and Galápagos Islands

Food-Web Structure and Dynamics of Eastern Tropical Pacific Coral Reefs: Panamá and Galápagos Islands

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(p.185) 8 Food-Web Structure and Dynamics of Eastern Tropical Pacific Coral Reefs: Panamá and Galápagos Islands
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Food Webs and the Dynamics of Marine Reefs
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Peter W. Glynn

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195319958.003.0008

This chapter describes the physical setting, biogeography, El Niño cycle and climate change effects of the coral reefs of Panama. A focus on the unique role of low diversity but complex ecological interactions, as well the importance of corals in supporting a diverse and often cryptic part of the food web is presented. Spatial and temporal variation is described as well as the potential role of human resource use and climate change on the ecosystem.

Keywords:   Acanthaster, corallivore, cryptic consumers, El Niño, fishes, Galápagos Islands, global warming, Gulf of Panamá and Chiriquí, ITCZ, Pocillopora, sharks, Uva Island

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