Biomonitoring of coral reef
health using Butterflyfishes
Ryan Gounder © 11/6/99
THE INDICATOR HYPOTHESIS
"Coral feeding Butterflyfishes respond to declines in coral quality or abundance by
behavioral and spatial adjustments that can be easily and rapidly observed." (Crosby &
A fundamental question that one asks when using Chaetodontidae, or for that
reason any species as biomonitors is: why use an organism when
sophisticated machines are available to detect very small quantities of
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