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Larval growth predicts the recruitment success of a coral reef fish

Bergenius, MAJ, Meekan, MG, Robertson, DR and McCormick, MI (2002). Larval growth predicts the recruitment success of a coral reef fish. Oecologia,131(4):521-525.

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Title Larval growth predicts the recruitment success of a coral reef fish
Author Bergenius, MAJ
Meekan, MG
Robertson, DR
McCormick, MI
Journal Name Oecologia
Publication Date 2002
Volume Number 131
Issue Number 4
ISSN 0029-8549   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-0036936118
Start Page 521
End Page 525
Total Pages 5
Place of Publication Berlin
Publisher Springer
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract While growth rates of pelagic larvae have been argued to be one of the principal determinants of the recruitment success of temperate marine fishes, it is not known if this is the case in the tropics. Here, we use larval growth histories derived from otoliths of a Caribbean reef fish to show that monthly variation in the intensity of settlement and recruitment of pelagic juveniles onto reefs is positively correlated with variation in growth rates 1-2 weeks after larvae begin feeding. Our results suggest that the processes thought to underlie recruitment of marine fishes in temperate regions may also operate in the tropics and contrasts with current research on the causes of recruitment variability in coral reef fishes, which emphasises the role of larval transport.
Keywords critical period
ichthyoplankton mortality-rates
life-history traits
physical processes
marine fishes
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