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Quimpo et al. 2018


scientific article | J Fish Biol

Spatial variability in reef‐fish assemblages in shallow and upper mesophotic coral ecosystems in the Philippines

Quimpo TJR, Cabaitan PC, Olavides RDD, Dumalagan Jr. EE, Munar J, Siringan FP



Abstract

The variability in reef‐fish species assemblages was examined at three geographic locations in the Philippines (Apo, Abra and Patn), each showing varying levels of disturbances (low to high) at two depths, shallow‐water reef (SWR; 8–20 m) and the upper mesophotic coral ecosystem (MCE; 30–35 m). Fish species assemblages varied among locations and between depths. Differences in fish assemblages among locations corresponded to the variability in benthic assemblages and levels of disturbances, wherein locations with higher coral cover and less disturbances had the highest fish species richness, abundance and biomass. Variation in fish assemblages between depths was also associated with changes in benthic assemblages and possibly inaccessibility to local fishing techniques. Fish species richness decreased with depth in all locations, but biomass increased only in the MCEs of Apo and Abra, which is a similar pattern exhibited in many MCEs. Our results suggest that despite location differences, depth had a relatively consistent influence on fish species assemblages, particularly in locations exposed to low and intermediate disturbance. Under high disturbance, MCEs exhibit similar vulnerability to SWRs.

Keywords
Meta-data
Depth range
8- 35 m

Mesophotic “mentions”
77 x (total of 6161 words)

Classification
* Presents original data
* Focused on `mesophotic` depth range
* Focused on `mesophotic coral ecosystem`

Fields
Biodiversity
Community structure
Disturbances
Ecology
Fisheries

Focusgroups
Algae (Macro, Turf and Crustose Coralline)
Fishes
Octocorallia (Soft Corals)
Overall benthic (groups)
Scleractinia (Hard Corals)

Locations
Philippines

Platforms
SCUBA (open-circuit or unspecified)

Author profiles
Timothy Joseph Quimpo ( 2 pubs)
Patrick Cabaitan ( 2 pubs)
Ronald Olavides ( 2 pubs)
F P Siringan ( 2 pubs)