|Comparison of fish assemblages in restored and natural mangrove habitats along an urban shoreline
by Joseph R Peters, Lauren A Yeager, and Craig A Layman
Working in Biscayne Bay, Florida, Peters et al. examined whether habitat provisioning was similar between restored mangrove habitat with the inclusion of riprap boulders and natural mangrove shorelines. They compared fish assemblages between natural mangrove and riprap-mangrove habitats. Total fish abundance was greater in mangrove habitat, while taxonomic richness was highest in riprap-mangrove sites. Their findings suggest that fish assemblages and community structure are different between these habitat types, although the geographic context may mediate the effect of habitat type. Therefore, it is likely that these restored mangroves provide different ecological services than unaltered mangrove shorelines.
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