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MEPS 474:303-304 (2013)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/meps10243

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Mangrove fish assemblages and ecological equivalence: Reply to Castellanos-Galindo & Krumme (2013)

Marcus Sheaves1,2,*

1School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia
2Centre for Tropical Water & Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER), James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia

ABSTRACT: I considered the ecological equivalence of mangrove fish assemblages based on meta-analysis of data sets from around the world (Sheaves 2012; Mar Ecol Prog Ser 461:137−149). The comment of Castellanos-Galindo & Krumme (2013; Mar Ecol Prog Ser 474:299−302) extends on this by analysing additional data from the tropical Eastern Pacific region. This helps fill a major gap I identified (Sheaves 2012) and extends our understanding of mangrove fish assemblages at a global level. More precise information on the equivalence of mangrove fish assemblages will require an integrated approach from researchers, aimed at producing more comparable data sets. Developing a more detailed understanding is important as we begin to step beyond understanding pattern to understanding process.


KEY WORDS: Mangrove fish · Ecological equivalence · Spatial variation


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Cite this article as: Sheaves M (2013) Mangrove fish assemblages and ecological equivalence: Reply to Castellanos-Galindo & Krumme (2013). Mar Ecol Prog Ser 474:303-304. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps10243

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