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Reef Fish Must Relearn ‘Rules of Engagement’ After Coral Bleaching

January 4, 2023


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Mass coral reef bleaching events negatively impact native fauna, causing them to make poorer survival decisions. Scientists studying reefs across five Indo-Pacific regions found that the ability of butterfly fish individuals to identify competitor species and respond appropriately was compromised after the widespread loss of coral caused by bleaching. Nate Sanders, a professor in the University of Michigan Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and co-author, explores the findings.

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