Coral Reef Biodiversity--Habitat Size Matters

Science  25 May 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5521, pp. 1493-1495
DOI: 10.1126/science.1061690

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Ecologists have long realized that the biodiversity of coral reef species declines dramatically with increasing distance from the epicenter of diversity in the Indo-Australian Pacific. In her Perspective, Knowlton discusses a new analysis by Bellwood and Hughes that reveals the importance of habitat area in maintaining diversity, a finding that underscores the need for reef conservation.