Butterfly Fish as Bio-Indicator

Red Sea Butterfly Fish as Bio-Indicator

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A new study into changing Red Sea coral and its effects on the butterflyfish shows a significant variation in behaviour. The research found increased feeding rates, aggressive encounters and territory sizes where there was lower coral cover, which could be an informative bio-indicator.

Gassner, P.M., N. Anthes, D. Sprenger (2012) Red Sea butterflyfish responds to changing coral cover. Biodiversity Science. Issue 6.