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Random walk models for the movement and recruitment of reef fish larvae

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JournalMarine Ecology Progress Series
DatePublished - 2004
Volume279
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)215-224
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The factors influencing the movement and recruitment of settlement stage larvae are investigated using random walk models. Individual-based sensing and orientating abilities are included explicitly in the model. We consider 2 simple reef environment models consisting of a simple circular reef with and without a constant cross-current. The sensing ability of the larvae is modelled as either fixed or spatially dependent, together with a fixed orientating ability. The survival probability is found to be highly sensitive to both the sensing and orientating abilities of the larvae, as well as to the properties of the reef environment itself.

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  • reef fish settlement, larval swimming ability, biased random walks, GREAT-BARRIER-REEF, PELAGIC LARVAE, SWIMMING ABILITIES, ACANTHASTER-PLANCI, CORAL-REEFS, DISPERSAL, PATTERNS, CONNECTIVITY, SETTLEMENT, ORIENTATION

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