Book Chapter

The roles of seagrasses in structuring associated fish assemblages and fisheries

GA Hyndes, P Francour, P Guidetti, KL Heck, G Jenkins

Seagrasses of Australia: Structure, Ecology and Conservation | Published : 2018

Abstract

Seagrasses are known to provide important habitats for a diversity of fish and fisheries species. Continued research has allowed us to re-evaluate the generalisations, and identify the gaps in our knowledge regarding these habitats, particularly in an Australian context. Seagrasses generally form part of a mosaic with other habitats within a seascape that contributes to its overall biodiversity of fish. Patterns of abundance and diversity of fish between seagrass and other habitats, such as unvegetated flats and reef habitats, is inconsistent and depends on the region, fish and seagrass species, and sampling method. Edge effects, adjacent habitats, and fragmentation can strongly influence fi..

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