What happens to coral reefs without cleaner fish? [ 2012 - 2014 ]

Research Grant

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Researchers Dr Alexandra Sara Grutter; Dr Redouan Bshary; Dr Elizabeth McHenry Potter Madin; Dr Mark Gregory Meekan; Prof Robert R Warner

Brief description Marine 'mosquitoes' regularly attack coral reef fish, but are controlled by parasite-eating cleaner fish. Cleaners positively affect reef communities in many ways and this is disproportionate to their tiny size and low density. Their removal for aquarium trades may have staggering effects on reefs. The project will determine how cleaners cause such effects.

Funding Amount $340,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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