Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 98, Issue 2, pp 691–695 | Cite as

Body condition of the coral-dwelling fish Dascyllus aruanus (Linnaeus 1758) following host colony bleaching

  • D. J. Coker
  • J. P. Nowicki
  • M. S. Pratchett


Coral bleaching and degradation often results in the depletion of abundance of many reef fishes. However, the effects of coral degradation on coral habitat dependent fishes are poorly understood. Hence, in this study we examine the sublethal effects of coral bleaching on the physiological condition of Dascyllus aruanus, an obligate coral-dwelling damselfish. The results of this study showed that fish associated with bleached coral habitat showed similar levels of hepatocyte vacuolation compared to individuals associated with healthy colonies.


Physiological condition Climate change Habitat degradation Sublethal 



This study was funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. We thank Lizard Island Research Station and Dominique McCowan for field support and Sue Riley for laboratory assistance. Ethics approval A1594.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. J. Coker
    • 1
  • J. P. Nowicki
    • 1
  • M. S. Pratchett
    • 1
  1. 1.ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef StudiesJames Cook UniversityTownsvilleAustralia

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