Disturbance and patch dynamics of subtidal marine animals on hard substrata.
JH Connell, MJ Keough
Published : 1985
Examines the mechanisms that determine the species composition, relative abundance and diversity of attached animals, concentrating on the scleractinian reef-building (hermatypic) corals on tropical reefs, and invertebrates that are attached to hard substrates (epifauna) in temperate regions or in cryptic tropical habitats. Characteristics of the disturbance regime-areal extent, intensity, frequency and seasonality-are highly correlated. Small, less intense disturbances occur frequently. Different organisms have different intrinsic vulnerabilities to disturbance, which may increase with size, age, and population density in certain growth forms. -P.J.Jarvis