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Reef-basel herbivores and the distribution of two seagrasses ( Syringodium filiforme and Thalassia testudinum ) in the San Blas Islands (Western Caribbean)

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Echinodermes_v2b_0250, Poissons_v2b_003447
  • G. W. Tribble
  • 4074 Puu Eleele Pl., 96816, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Two seagrasses, manatee grass (Syringodium filiforme) and turtle grass (Thalassia testudinum), predominated in the areas bordering Ukkup Tupo, San Blas Islands, Western Caribbean. These seagrasses occupied the following three concentric zones extending outward from the reef: a near-reef turtle grass zone, an intermediate manatee grass zone and an off-reef turtle grass zone. Feeding experiments between January and March 1980 indicate that the absence of manatee grass close to the reef resulted from grazing by reef-associated herbivores, mainly day-active fishes and night-active sea urchins (Diadema antillarum). Grazing on manatee grass by fishes was approximately six times greater than grazing by sea urchins; thus, it appears that herbivorous fishes restrict the near-reef distribution of manatee grass at the study area. Where grazing was heaviest, the inner boundary of the manatee grass zone was farthest from the reef. The volume of manatee grass grazed during experiments was five times the volume of turtle grass consumed, strongly suggesting that the former species is a preferred food item. This is the first evidence for selective grazing on seagrasses.

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