Invertebrates and their roles in coral reef ecosystems

Peter W. Glynn, Ian C. Enochs

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There are some fundamental generalizations that can be made about the biology and ecology of invertebrates associated with coral reefs. For example, it is widely accepted that coral reefs support the highest biodiversity of all marine ecosystems, and that invertebrates contribute dominantly to this condition. It is also acknowledged that numerous invertebrate taxa are involved in highly complex and coevolved relationships with metazoans, unicellular protists, and multicellular algae. Further, during the past few decades it has been demonstrated that certain invertebrate consumers can have strong and widespread effects on coral abundances, community structure, and the integrity of reef formations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCoral Reefs
Subtitle of host publicationAn Ecosystem in Transition
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages53
ISBN (Print)9789400701137
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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