Title

Recruitment variability of coral reef sessile communities of the far north Great Barrier Reef

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Luter, HM, Duckworth, AR, Wolff, CW, Evans-Illidge, E & Whalan, S 2016, 'Recruitment variability of coral reef sessile communities of the far north Great Barrier Reef', PLoS One, vol. 11, no. 4.

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Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

One of the key components in assessing marine sessile organism demography is determining recruitment patterns to benthic habitats. An analysis of serially deployed recruitment tiles across depth (6 and 12 m), seasons (summer and winter) and space (meters to kilometres) was used to quantify recruitment assemblage structure (abundance and percent cover) of corals, sponges, ascidians, algae and other sessile organisms from the northern sector of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). Polychaetes were most abundant on recruitment titles, reaching almost 50% of total recruitment, yet covered