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dc.contributor.author Carraro, Robert en_US
dc.contributor.author Gladstone,William. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-08T22:00:45Z en_US
dc.date.available 2012-05-08T22:00:45Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2006-04 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Carraro R, Gladstone, W. Habitat Preferences and Site Fidelity of the Ornate Wobbegong Shark (Orectolobus ornatus) on Rocky Reefs of New South Wales. Pac Sci 60(2): 207-224. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0030-8870 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/22560 en_US
dc.description v. ill. 23 cm. en_US
dc.description Quarterly en_US
dc.description.abstract Habitat and microhabitat preferences and site fidelity of Orectolobus ornatus were assessed between September 2002 and August 2003 to assess potential suitability of marine reserves for its conservation. Of six rocky reef habitats available in the study area (sponge gardens, artificial structures, barren boulders, sand, sea grass, macroalgae), O. ornatus exhibited a significant preference for sponge gardens, artificial structures, and barren boulders habitats. Habitat preferences of males and females, and individuals <1 m and >1 m, did not differ. Orectolobus ornatus selected daytime resting positions with a high topographic complexity and crevice volume and did not select on the basis of prey availability. Habitat and microhabitat preferences may be related to the need for predator avoidance. Regular monitoring of 40 individually identified O. ornatus revealed that none was a permanent resident of the study area. Seven individuals exhibited short-term temporary fidelity to the study area; they were resighted frequently for part of an intensive 100-day survey. Remaining individuals were temporary visitors; they were resighted at most once after initial identification or returning after extended absences. Monthly population surveys confirmed the turnover of O. ornatus in the study area. The lack of long-term site fidelity suggests that small marine reserves will be ineffective as a conservation strategy for O. ornatus. en_US
dc.format.extent 18 p. en_US
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries vol. 60, no.2 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Natural history--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Science--Periodicals en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Natural history--Pacific Area--Periodicals. en_US
dc.title Habitat Preferences and Site Fidelity of the Ornate Wobbegong Shark (Orectolobus ornatus) on Rocky Reefs of New South Wales. en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US

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