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Food Webs and the Dynamics of Marine Reefs$
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Tim McClanahan and George M. Branch

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195319958

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195319958.001.0001

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Diversity and Dynamics of Californian Subtidal Kelp Forests

Diversity and Dynamics of Californian Subtidal Kelp Forests

(p.103) 5 Diversity and Dynamics of Californian Subtidal Kelp Forests
Food Webs and the Dynamics of Marine Reefs

Michael Graham

Ben Halpern

Mark Carr

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The chapter describes the geology, oceanography, and patterns of biogeography of the California kelp forests. The structure and biodiversity of the kelp forest food web for all trophic guilds is described as well as findings from experimental manipulations and long time series studies. The chapter finishes with a discussion of the role of fishing, habitat loss, and climate change on these kelp forests.

Keywords:   Channel Islands, ENSO, detritus, habitat loss, invasive species, gastropods, macroalgae, marine mammals, octopus, Pacific Decadal Oscillation, phytodetritus, Point Conception, seastars, sheephead, spiny lobster, subduction

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