The 'school trap': A mechanism promoting large-amplitude out-of-phase population oscillations of small pelagic fish species

Andrew Bakun, Philippe Cury

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Abstract

Small coastal pelagic marine fishes often form mixed schools containing two or more species. Individuals of a less abundant species, which are entrained in schools that are dominated numerically by a more abundant species, may be adversely impacted. This may help to account for an observed pattern of strong alternations in dominance between sardines and anchovies in a number of regions of the world's oceans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-351
Number of pages3
JournalEcology Letters
Volume2
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

Keywords

  • Anchovy
  • Regime change
  • Sardine
  • School trap
  • Small pelagics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology

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