Coral Reef Fishes as Indicators of Environmental Stress in Coral Reefs

  • Thomas F. Hourigan
  • C. Tricas Timothy
  • Ernst S. Reese


Butterflyfishes of the family Chaetodontidae are conspicuous inhabitants of coral reefs throughout the world (Figure 6.1). Many species are obligate corallivores, and thus depend on the live tissue of corals for their food. We believe that these species of butterflyfishes are excellent candidates for indicators of changes in conditions on the coral reef.


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  • C. Tricas Timothy
  • Ernst S. Reese

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