Climate change: underwater forest decline

Basford A. J., Feary D. A., Truong G., Steinberg P. D., Marzinelli E. M. & Vergés A. (2015) Feeding habits of range-shifting herbivores: tropical surgeonfishes in a temperate environment. Mar Freshw Res.

Aim: 
Compare feeding habits of range-shifting tropical herbivorous surgeonfish to warm-termperate species commonly found in temperate reefs
Type of Study: 
Surveys and aquaria experiments
Key Results: 
In aquarium experiments, tropical surgeonfishes consumed more algae than temperate species, especially at high temperatures - implies overall levels of herbivory will increase if these species establish populations
Treatments: 
Tropical and temperate surgeonfish species; 20 and 25 degrees Centigrade experimental temperatures
Response: 
n/a
Models: 
ANOVA
Reviewer: 
Adriana Vergés
Locations: 
Sydney
Response variable : 
Feeding rates and algae biomass/ cover
Replication: 
Variable
Ecosystem: 
Temperate reef
Full Reference: 
Basford A. J., Feary D. A., Truong G., Steinberg P. D., Marzinelli E. M. & Vergés A. (2015) Feeding habits of range-shifting herbivores: tropical surgeonfishes in a temperate environment. Mar Freshw Res.