Coral death stops fish from learning to avoid predators

2016-05-12

Coral reefs are extremely rich ecosystems, providing homes to hundreds of thousands of animals. There are many stresses on coral reefs globally and places that used to be beautiful coral gardens are now instead littered with dead coral skeletons covered in algae. These habitat changes influence how animals that live there interact. Researchers from Uppsala University (Department of Ecology and genetics, Limnology) and James Cook University have found that coral death and degradation affects how fish responds to the tell-tale chemicals that indicate the presence of hungry predators.

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