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The Ecology of Marine FishesCalifornia and Adjacent Waters$
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Larry Allen

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520246539

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520246539.001.0001

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Predation

Predation

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(p.428) Chapter 16 Predation
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The Ecology of Marine Fishes
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MARK A STEELE

TODD W. ANDERSON

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520246539.003.0016

This chapter focuses on field studies to explore the role that predators play in nature. Based on practicing field ecologists, it suggests that such studies, although logistically more challenging, provide the best tools available for exploring the workings of nature. It also discusses laboratory studies that are particularly enlightening and provide insight not available from field studies. Much of the recent work on fish predation has been carried out on California's temperate reef fishes. To provide context and evaluate the generality of studies from California, the chapter compares this body of work to similar studies conducted elsewhere, mainly on tropical coral reefs. It concludes by highlighting several aspects of predation in particular that are in need of more detailed study.

Keywords:   predation, laboratory studies, nature, fish predation, California, temperate reef fishes, coral reefs

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