Coral Reefs

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 105–113 | Cite as

Spatio-temporal variability in fish recruitment to a coral reef (Moorea, French Polynesia)

  • S. Planes
  • A. Levefre
  • P. Legendre
  • R. Galzin


Spatial and temporal patterns of recruitment of juvenile coral reef fishes were studied on the reefs of the high island of Moorea (Society Archipelago, French Polynesia) during the wet season (October 1988 to April 1989). Two size-classes of fishes (new-recruits and juveniles) were censused by visual counts within 24 quadrats along a transect across the lagoon. Correspondence analysis was used to calculate the hypothetical movements of the two size classes. Spatial variability was far more important than temporal variability; six main spatial communities were revealed, which could result from differences among habitats. Temporal variability in recuitment occurred only at nearshore stations; stations on the outer fringing reef and inner barrier reef displayed stable recruitment patterns.


Coral Reef Temporal Variability Reef Fish Coral Reef Fish Recruitment Pattern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Planes
    • 1
  • A. Levefre
    • 1
  • P. Legendre
    • 3
  • R. Galzin
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Centre de Biologie et d'Ecologie Tropicale et Méditerranéenne, URA CNRS 1453Université de PerpignanPerpignan CédexFrance
  2. 2.Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Antenne de TahitiCentre d'OpunohuMooreaPolynésie Francaise
  3. 3.Départment des Sciences BiologiquesUniversité de MontréalMontréalCanada

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