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Tide-pool fishes: Recolonization after experimental elimination

Beckley, L.E. (1985) Tide-pool fishes: Recolonization after experimental elimination. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 85 (3). pp. 287-295.

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Recolonization of tide-pools by fishes, after periodic rotenone poisoning, was examined over 2 yr in the East Cape, South Africa. Rapid recolonization occurred with species of Clinidae, Gobiidae, Sparidae and Cheilodactylidae constituting the bulk of the recolonizers. There tended to be lower densities of recolonizers in winter than in summer. The summer recruitment of juvenile Clinus superciliosus (L.), Clinuscottoides (Valenciennes) and Diplodus sargus (L.), strongly influenced this seasonal pattern. Repopulation of pools was not exclusively by juvenile recruits and it is suggested that the larger recolonizers were fishes from adjacent pools whose home ranges overlapped with the study areas.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Copyright: © 1985 Published by Elsevier B.V.
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