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Reef Fishes of the Phoenix Islands, Central Pacific Ocean

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dc.contributor.author Allen, Gerald
dc.contributor.author Bailey, Steven
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-21T20:16:22Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-21T20:16:22Z
dc.date.issued 2011-06
dc.identifier.issn 0077-5630
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10088/16743
dc.description Atoll Research Bulletin, no. 589 : Phoenix Island "Reef Fishes of the Phoenix Islands, Central Pacific Ocean." en_US
dc.description.abstract Atoll Research Bulletin, no. 589 : Phoenix Island "Reef Fishes of the Phoenix Islands, Central Pacific Ocean." Visual inventories and fish collections were conducted at the Phoenix Islands during June-July 2002. A list of fishes was compiled for 57 sites. The survey involved 163 hours of scuba diving to a maximum depth of 57 m. A total of 451 species were recorded, including 212 new records. The total known fish fauna of the Phoenix Islands now stands at 516 species. A formula for predicting the total reef fish fauna based on the number of species in six key indicator families indicates that at least 576 species can be expected to occur at this location. Wrasses (Labridae), groupers (Serranidae), gobies (Gobiidae), damselfishes (Pomacentridae), and surgeonfishes (Acanthuridae) were the most speciose families with 53, 40, 36, 36, and 32 species respectively. Species numbers at visually sampled sites during the survey ranged from 17 to 166, with an average of 110. Leeward outer reefs contained the highest diversity with an average of 135.5 species per site. Other major habitats included windward outer reefs (123.7 per site), passages (113.5), and lagoon reefs (38.5). The Napoleon Wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) was extraordinarily abundant, providing excellent baseline information on the natural abundance of this species in the absence of fishing pressure. en_US
dc.publisher Smithsonian Institution Press en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Atoll Research Bulletin;no. 589
dc.subject Coral reefs and islands en_US
dc.subject Phoenix Islands (Kiribati) en_US
dc.subject Reef fishes en_US
dc.subject Marine biology en_US
dc.subject.other Atoll Research Bulletin
dc.title Reef Fishes of the Phoenix Islands, Central Pacific Ocean en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.srbnumber 101225
dc.identifier.doi 10.5479/si.00775630.589.83


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