Marine Biology

, Volume 126, Issue 2, pp 347–352 | Cite as

Variations in mortality of a coral-reef fish: links with predator abundance

  • S. D. Connell


The mortality rates of a pomacentrid Acanthochromis polyacanthus were examined in relation to the abundance of large predatory fish (>200 mm total length, TL) at two spatial scales. Survivorship was negatively related to patterns of predator abundance at a large spatial scale (hundreds of metres) over 3 yr, but not at a small spatial scale (tens of metres) over 2 yr. On the large scale, mortality was consistently greater (14 to 30%) in locations where there were greater numbers of predators, and lower in locations where predators occurred in smaller numbers. Among these locations, spatial differences in rank abundance of surviving juveniles were primarily due to mortality, whereas temporal differences in rank abundance were primarily due to initial juvenile abundance. These data suggest that impacts of large predatory fish were likely to have been greater in space than time and at the large spatial scale than the small spatial scale.


Mortality Rate Spatial Scale Temporal Difference Spatial Difference Predatory Fish 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. D. Connell
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  1. 1.School of Biological Sciences A08University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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