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Author Swanson, Stella A., author.
Title Species-specific effects of echinoids on coral reef benthic community structure in Moorea, French Polynesia / by Stella A. Swanson.
Published [Northridge, California] : California State University, Northridge, 2011.

 Electronic Book  QH51 .Z95 2011 S93eb    ONLINE
Description 1 online resource (vii, 87 pages) : charts, graphs, photographs, some color.
Content Type still image
Format online resource
File Characteristics text file PDF
Thesis M.S. California State University, Northridge 2011.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 73-87).
Summary Recent studies suggest that species identity is of great importance in determining how herbivores structure coral reef communities. This study provides evidence that echinoid species differentially shape the community through unique feeding strategies and abilities. In Moorea, French Polynesia, the echinoids Diadema savignyi, Echinothrix diadema, Echinothrix calamaris, Echinometra mathaei, and Echinostrephus aciculatus differ both morphologically and behaviorally. By examining benthic community patterns on the coral reefs of Moorea on a small (<1 m2) spatial scale and at a larger (individual coral bommies several m2 in size) scale, this study reveals species-specific effects of echinoids on benthic community structure. A second portion of this study examined the distribution, abundance, and unique feeding behavior of the echinoid Echinostrephus aciculatus in order to understand the different role these echinoids play on contemporary coral reefs.
Note Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed on December 21, 2011).
Subject Sea urchins -- Ecology.
Coral reef ecology -- French Polynesia -- Moorea.
Coral reefs and islands -- French Polynesia -- Moorea.
Local Subject Dissertations, Academic -- CSUN -- Biology.
OCLC number 849911381