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Role of the tilefish Malacanthus plumieri (Actinopterygii) on structure and dynamic of rhodolith beds in Fernando de Noronha Archipelago – Brazil

Grant number: 13/26594-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2014
Effective date (End): February 29, 2016
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Guilherme Henrique Pereira Filho
Grantee:Priscila de Cerqueira Veras
Home Institution: Instituto de Saúde e Sociedade (ISS). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Baixada Santista. Santos , SP, Brazil


Rhodolith are free-living nodules composed by more than 50% of crustose coralline algae algae, when occur in large concentration over sea bottom they form the so-called rhodolith beds. Because their three-dimensional structure, rhodoliths are habitats for many benthic organisms. The transport of these nodules can occur through physical (e.g.; storms and tides) and/or by biological process (e.g.; transport by the fish Malacanthus plumieri). Taking in account the occurrence of M. plumieri from the Brazilian southern to the North Carolina, USA, there is an overlap in their distribution with rhodolith beds along the Brazilian coast. This species use rhodoliths to construct mounds that constitute their burrows and thus, they likely contribute to the dynamics of the associated communities with rhodolith beds. Here, we pretends to test the role of the fish M. plumieri to the structure and dynamics of associated communities with rhodolith beds from Fernando de Noronha Archipelago. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
PEREIRA-FILHO, GUILHERME HENRIQUE; VERAS, PRISCILA DE CERQUEIRA; FRANCINI-FILHO, RONALDO BASTOS; DE MOURA, RODRIGO LEAO; PINHEIRO, HUDSON TERCIO; GIBRAN, FERNANDO ZANIOLO; MATHEUS, ZAIRA; NEVES, LEONARDO MITRANO; AMADO-FILHO, GILBERTO MENEZES. Effects of the sand tilefish Malacanthus plumieri on the structure and dynamics of a rhodolith bed in the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago, tropical West Atlantic. Marine Ecology Progress Series, v. 541, p. 65-73, DEC 15 2015. Web of Science Citations: 7.

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