Experimental Studies on the Ecology of Intertidal Environments at Heron Island. I. Exclusion of Fish from Beach Rock.
W Stephenson and RB Searles
Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research
11(2) 241 - 268
The zonation of dominant organisms on the beach rock at Heron Island was reinvestigated following the work of Endean, Stephenson, and Kenny (1956) and three zoning algae were noticed. Field indications suggested the apparent sparsity of the biota was due to the browsing activities of fish.
Fish-proof enclosures were constructed, some containing browsing molluscs, and the fauna and flora therein were compared with the surrounding areas by means of detailed general observation, and by estimation of the chlorophyll concentration per unit area of surface. The results confirmed that browsing fish are the most important single controlling factor.
Full text doi:10.1071/MF9600241
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