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Nonindigenous Species Introductions on Coral Reefs: A Need for Information

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Title: Nonindigenous Species Introductions on Coral Reefs: A Need for Information
Authors: Coles, S.L.
Eldgredge, L.G.
Issue Date: Apr 2002
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Coles SL, Eldgredge LG. 2002. Nonindigenous species introductions on coral reefs: a need for information. Pac Sci 56(2): 191-209.
Abstract: Nonindigenous species invasions have caused disruptions of native
communities and detrimental economic impacts to fisheries in many temperate
marine areas. However, comparatively little information exists for tropical regions,
and even less is known about occurrences and impacts of nonindigenous
species on coral reefs. Studies in the Tropics to date have mostly been limited to
surveys in harbors and ports where corals and reef organisms are usually missing
or rare and environmental conditions are usually quite different from those
found on coral reefs. The few studies available for coral reefs suggest that nonindigenous
species are thus far a relatively minor component of the total biota,
but some species, especially introduced red algae, can be invasive and dominate
reef areas. With limited information available, there is a need for studies of the
occurrence and impacts of nonindigenous species that are focused on coral reef
environments. This review summarizes the information for nonindigenous species
from harbors, embayments, and coral reef surveys in the tropical Pacific and
outlines procedures for studies to detect species introductions.
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 56, Number 2, 2002

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