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The Biology of Coral Reefs

Charles R. C. Sheppard, Simon K. Davy, and Graham M. Pilling


Coral reefs represent the most spectacular and diverse marine ecosystem on the planet as well as a critical source of protein and income for many millions of people. However, the combined effects of human activities have led to a rapid decline in the health of reefs worldwide, with many now facing complete destruction. This book provides an integrated overview of the function, physiology, ecology, and behaviour of coral reef organisms. Each chapter is enriched with a selection of ‘boxes’ on specific aspects written by internationally recognised experts. The emphasis in this book is on the orga ... More

Keywords: corals, coral reefs, symbiosis, reef fish, marine ecology, tropical fisheries, climate change, marine impacts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780198566359
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566359.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles R. C. Sheppard, author
School of Biological Sciences, University of Warwick, UK

Simon K. Davy, author
School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Graham M. Pilling, author
Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), UK