[Coral-List] New Paper Announcement

Dennis Hubbard dennis.hubbard at oberlin.edu
Sun Sep 7 18:27:28 EDT 2014

I just scanned the interesting paper suggested by Bill Alevizon. I will go
through it more carefully later on, but one thing struck me as interesting
relative to recent conversations on this listserve. As I recollect the
discussion about the recent GCRMN report, some argued that it all about
"saving the parrotfish" while others characterize it as a more measured
document that that someone other than the authors have translated it into a
"save the parrotfish" campaign.

I won't weigh in on this distinctionas I haven't had time to digest the
report and don't want to mis-characterize it.  I note that in  the Alevison
paper, coral cover at Grecian Rocks dropped from 57.2% in 1974 to 14.3%,
while macroalgae rose from 1.7% to 15.6 percent and CTB (apparently an
acronym from another paper - apparently some combination of corallines,
turf and bare substrate) increased from 38.3% to 68.8%. However one wants
to parse these data, they pretty much follow the trends we see in most of
the journals... corals down; dead stuff and algae up. However, in their
table 2, the abundance of parrotfish has remained constant. While arguably
there are no urchin data..... and "size does matter" in parrotfish grazing,
this would seem to point out that "saving reefs" may not be as simple as
"saving parrotfish".


On Sun, Sep 7, 2014 at 2:20 PM, Alevizon, William Stephen <
alevizonws at cofc.edu> wrote:

> Dear Colleagues
> I am pleased to announce that our publication describing a quarter-century
> of change in reef substrates and reef fish assemblages at Key Largo Dry
> Rocks (Florida, USA)  is now available through SpringerLink "Online First"
> access.
> ''Alevizon, W.S. and J.W. Porter. 2014. Coral loss and fish guild
> stability on a Caribbean coral reef: 1974–2000. Environmental Biology of
> Fishes. DOI 10.1007/s10641-014-0337-5"
> http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10641-014-0337-5
> The link above will allow full paper access (through September 28th) via
> institutional libraries with subscriptions to Springer.
> If you need timely access to the full paper but do not have Springer
> subscription access, email me.
> Regards
> Bill Alevizon and Jim Porter
> alevizonws at cofc.edu<mailto:alevizonws at cofc.edu>
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Dennis Hubbard
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