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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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Trophic Interactions in Subtidal Rocky Reefs on the West Coast of South Africa

Trophic Interactions in Subtidal Rocky Reefs on the West Coast of South Africa

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(p.50) 3 Trophic Interactions in Subtidal Rocky Reefs on the West Coast of South Africa
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Food Webs and the Dynamics of Marine Reefs
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George M. Branch

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195319958.003.0003

The chapter summarizes the ecology of the subtidal reefs of South Africa. Discussions include the role of wind, productivity, and oceanographic conditions, the important role of currents and the physical forces as well as the species interactions, including rock lobsters, abalone, and sea urchins.

Keywords:   abalone, Agulhas and Benguela currents, alien species, bacteria, black mussel, brown algae, climate change, filter feeders, harvesting, holdfast, fishing, organic matter, mariculture, plankton, polyphenols, predation, production, rock lobster, upwelling

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