Red Grouper: Prairie Dogs of Florida Bay?
Why? Red grouper increase the amount of complex habitat in the bay by cleaning out holes that have been filled in with sediment, bits of broken shells, and dead algae. The red grouper dig out holes so they can hide from predators, but in the process they create habitat that is colonized by a suite of other organisms including commercially important organisms like Caribbean spiny lobster, black grouper ...
Ultimate Goal The ultimate goal of my research is to explore a unique example of a marine ecosystem engineer to enhance our understanding of the mechanisms by which biodiversity is maintained in marine systems. In addition, our current understanding of the full ecological effects of fishing by humans is lacking. In this case, a popular fisheries species (the red grouper) plays an important ecological role in i ...
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