Competitive Interactions and the Species Diversity of Corals
The species diversity of a coral reef community is affected by many factors. If we consider only sessile organisms, for example plants or aquatic animals such as sponges, corals, etc., competition for space is obviously an important factor. On a small area of hard substrate with very little spatial variation in local physical conditions, one might expect that a single species would be superior to all others in competition and would eliminate them and eventually cover the surface.
KeywordsCoral Reef External Disturbance Reef Flat Coral Species Hard Substrate
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