Phase shifts and the role of herbivory in the resilience of coral reefs

MH Ledlie, NAJ Graham, JC Bythell, SK Wilson, S Jennings, NVC Polunin, J Hardcastle

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Cousin Island marine reserve (Seychelles) has been an effectively protected no-take marine protected area (MPA) since 1968 and was shown in 1994 to support a healthy herbivorous fish assemblage. In 1998 Cousin Island reefs suffered extensive coral mortality following a coral bleaching event, and a phase shift from coral to algal dominance ensued. By 2005 mean coral cover was
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-653
Number of pages13
JournalCoral Reefs
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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