Oona M. Lönnstedt, Mark I. McCormick and Douglas P. Chivers Degraded Environments Alter Prey Risk Assessment Ecology and Evolution 3
Elevated water temperatures, a decrease in ocean pH, and an increasing prevalence of severe storms have lead to bleaching and death of the hard corals that underpin coral reef ecosystems. As coral cover declines, fish diversity and abundance declines. How degradation of coral reefs affects behavior of reef inhabitants is unknown. Here, we demonstrate that risk assessment behaviors of prey are severely affected by coral degradation.
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