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Field Guide to Select Eastern Pacific Corals and Associated Coral Reef Biota

  • Juan L. MatéEmail author
  • Margarita Brandt
  • Benjamin Grassian
  • Ángel Chiriboga
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Part of the Coral Reefs of the World book series (CORW, volume 8)

Abstract

Eastern tropical Pacific (ETP) coral habitats host functionally complex biological communities. Corals and their associated biota, from charismatic reef fishes to cryptic invertebrate infauna, drive and maintain diverse ecosystem functioning in reef environments. This chapter provides a photographic guide to key and otherwise notable species present in ETP coral habitats. The objectives of this inclusion are to both facilitate field identification and to make accessible key information (i.e. habitat, relative abundance, ecological role, geographic and depth distributions, and pertinent references) available for these coral-associated species. Represented in this guide are 11 species of algae, 102 invertebrates of which 53 are cnidarians, and 28 fishes, with bias towards comprehensive inclusion of cnidarians (corals) and fishes. Effort was made to include cryptic species easily overlooked, warranting select ex situ photographs, as well as to visually describe polymorphism and behavior encountered in the field.

Keywords

Habitat Abundance Distribution Ecological role Species-specific references 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We thank Peter Glynn for the invitation to produce this field guide and for contributing substantially to final stages of the manuscript preparation.We also thank Gerald Allen, Arthur Anker, Iliana Baums, Irving Bethancourt, José Luis Carballo, Jorge Cortés, Joshua Feingold, Cindy Fernández-García, Peter Glynn, Terrence Gosliner, Leslie Harris, Alex Hearn, Alexandra Hiller, Kevan Mantell, Alejandro Pérez-Matus, Ana M. Palacio, Joseph Poupin, Bernhard Riegl, Ross Robertson, Felix Rodríguez, Jaime Nivia Ruiz, Tyler Smith, A. Roger Steene, Janet Voight, Nancy Voss, Evie Wieters, and Brian Wysor, for kindly sharing or assisting in securing photographs herin presented. Roy Caldwell, Leslie Harris, James D. Reimer, Janet Voight, Nancy Voss, and Brian Wysor provided further assistance to species identification. Ernesto Peña helped with digitalization of photographs and Michael P.C. Fuller with final editing and formatting. We also gratefully acknowledge the logistical support offered by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama), the Galápagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Foundation (Ecuador). Permits to work and conduct field collections in Panama were provided by the Ministry of Environment, former ANAM (Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente) and ARAP (Autoridad de Recursos Acuáticos de Panama).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan L. Maté
    • 1
    Email author
  • Margarita Brandt
    • 2
  • Benjamin Grassian
    • 3
  • Ángel Chiriboga
    • 4
  1. 1.Smithsonian Tropical Research InstituteBalboaRepublic of Panama
  2. 2.Colegio de Ciencias Biológicas y AmbientalesUniversidad San Francisco de QuitoCumbayáEcuador
  3. 3.Graduate School of OceanographyUniversity of Rhode IslandNarragansettUSA
  4. 4.PIXEL, De los Eucaliptos y De los PinosCumbayáEcuador

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