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Demographic dynamics of the smallest marine vertebrates fuel coral-reef ecosystem functioning

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dc.contributor.author Brandl, Simon J. en
dc.contributor.author Tornabene, Luke en
dc.contributor.author Goatley, Christopher H. R. en
dc.contributor.author Casey, Jordan M. en
dc.contributor.author Morais, Renato A. en
dc.contributor.author Côté, Isabelle M. en
dc.contributor.author Baldwin, Carole C. en
dc.contributor.author Parravicini, Valeriano en
dc.contributor.author Schiettekatte, Nina M. D. en
dc.contributor.author Bellwood, David R. en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-08T02:01:44Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-08T02:01:44Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Brandl, Simon J., Tornabene, Luke, Goatley, Christopher H. R., Casey, Jordan M., Morais, Renato A., Côté, Isabelle M., Baldwin, Carole C., Parravicini, Valeriano, Schiettekatte, Nina M. D., and Bellwood, David R. 2019. "<a href="https://repository.si.edu/handle/10088/97872">Demographic dynamics of the smallest marine vertebrates fuel coral-reef ecosystem functioning</a>." <em>Science</em>. 364 (6446):1189&ndash;1192. <a href="https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aav3384">https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aav3384</a> en
dc.identifier.issn 1095-9203
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10088/97872
dc.description.abstract How coral reefs survive as oases of life in low-productivity oceans has puzzled scientists for centuries. The answer may lie in internal nutrient cycling and/or input from the pelagic zone. Integrating meta-analysis, field data, and population modelling, we show that the ocean&#39;s smallest vertebrates, cryptobenthic reef fishes, promote internal reef-fish biomass production through exceptional larval supply from the pelagic environment. Specifically, cryptobenthics account for two-thirds of reef-fish larvae in the near-reef pelagic zone, despite limited adult reproductive outputs. This overwhelming abundance of cryptobenthic larvae fuels reef trophodynamics via rapid growth and extreme mortality, producing almost 60% of consumed reef fish biomass. While cryptobenthics are commonly overlooked, their unique demographic dynamics may make them a cornerstone of ecosystem functioning on modern coral reefs. en
dc.relation.ispartof Science en
dc.title Demographic dynamics of the smallest marine vertebrates fuel coral-reef ecosystem functioning en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 151356
dc.identifier.doi 10.1126/science.aav3384
rft.jtitle Science
rft.volume 364
rft.issue 6446
rft.spage 1189
rft.epage 1192
dc.description.SIUnit NH-Vertebrate Zoology en
dc.description.SIUnit NMNH en
dc.description.SIUnit NH-Invertebrate Zoology en
dc.description.SIUnit SERC en
dc.description.SIUnit Peer-reviewed en
dc.citation.spage 1189
dc.citation.epage 1192

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