Determining the extent and spatial scale of population connectivity: decapods and coral reef fishes compared

We review progress made in determining connectivity among crab, lobster and reef fish populations, considering the questions that need to be answered and the techniques that have been applied

Peter F Sale

2003

Scholarcy highlights

  • Distributed demersal marine organisms that possess a pelagic larval stage have the potential to form complex linkages among sedentary adult populations through larval dispersal
  • We review progress made in determining connectivity among crab, lobster and reef fish populations, considering the questions that need to be answered and the techniques that have been applied
  • We highlight common research strengths and gaps among researchers working on reef fishes and benthic decapods, as well as those areas given greater attention by one group, the lead of which the other group will need to follow
  • We suggest that greater progress towards understanding dispersal and connectivity in the future will best be achieved by integrating the approaches we review into large-scale, multidisciplinary, collaborative research programs developed and carried out in association with natural resource managers

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