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Rocky Intertidal Zone

MICHAEL H. HORN and KAREN L. M. MARTIN

in The Ecology of Marine Fishes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780520246539
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932470 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520246539.003.0008
Rocky Intertidal Zone

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Rocky intertidal habitats are small living spaces occupied by a variety of fishes either year-round as residents or temporarily as visitors. The rocky intertidal zone represents in part a shoreward extension of subtidal rocky reefs, and the intertidal fish fauna comprises those inshore species that to varying degrees have colonized this extreme, partially terrestrial habitat. This chapter describes the main features of rocky shores as habitats for fishes followed first by the vertical and horizontal distribution patterns of the associated fauna then by the behavioral, physiological, and reproductive traits of the fishes, with an emphasis on resident species; and, finally, by an account of the structure and dynamics of intertidal fish communities. Californian intertidal fishes are relatively well known in certain ways and are referenced in several other places.

Keywords: rocky shores; fauna distribution patterns; fish reproductive traits; intertidal fish communities; California fishes

Chapter.  18331 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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