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Abrams, P.A.1984. Recruitment, Lotteries and Coexistence in Coral Reef Fish.  American Naturalist 123(1): 44-55.

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Bellwood, D.R. 1998. What are reef fishes? – comment on the report by D.R. Robertson: Do coral-reef fish faunas have a distinctive taxonomic structure? (Coral Reefs 17:179-186.

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Bergenius, M. J. A., M. I. McCormick, M. G. Meekan and D. R. Robertson. 2005. Environmental influences on the planktonic growth, and the duration and magnitude of settlement of a coral reef fish. Marine Biology 147:291-300.

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Bergenius M. A. J., Meekan M.G., Robertson D. R. and McCormick M.I. 2002. Larval growth predicts recruitment success of a coral reef fish. Oecologia 131: 521-525.

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Bernardi G, Bucciarelli G, Costagliola D, Robertson DR, Heiser JB. 2004. Ecology and evolution of the coral reef fish Thalassoma spp. (Labridae): 1. Molecular phylogeny and biogeography. Marine Biology 144: 369-375.

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Chabanet, P., H. Ralambondrainy, M. Amanieu, G. Faure and R. Galzin. 1997. Relationships between coral reef substrata and fish. Coral Reefs 16:93-102.

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Costagliola D, Robertson DR, Guidetti P, Stefanni S, Wirtz P, Heiser JB Bernardi G. 2003. Evolution of the coral reef fish Thalassoma spp. (Labridae). 2. Evolution of the eastern Atlantic species. Marine Biology 144: 377-383.

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Craig M T, Eble JA, Bowen BW. Robertson DR. 2007. High genetic connectivity across the Indian and Pacific Oceans in the reef fish Myripristis berndti (Holocentridae). Marine Ecology Progress Series 334: 245-254.

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Doherty, P. and Fowler, T. 1994.  An empirical test of recruitment limitation in a coral reef fish. Science 263(5149):935-939.

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Ehrlich, P. R. 1975. The population biology of coral reef fishes. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 6:211-247.

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Feary, D. A., G. R. Almany, M. I. McCormick and G. P. Jones. 2007. Habitat choice, recruitment and the response of coral reef fishes to coral degradation. Oecologia 153:727-737.

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Floeter, S. R., L. A. Rocha, D. R. Robertson, J. D. Joyeux, W. F. Smith-Vaniz, P. Wirtz, A. J. Edwards, J. P. Barreiros, C. E. L. Ferreira, J. L. Gasparini, A. Brito, J. M. Falcon, B. W. Bowen and B. Bernardi. 2008. Atlantic reef fish biogeography and evolution. Journal of Biogeography 35:22-47.

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Forrester, G.E. 1990. Factors influencing the juvenile demography of a coral reef fish.  Ecology, 71(5):1666-1681.

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Grutter, A. S. 1997. Effect of the removal of cleaner fish on the abundance and spec ies composition of reef fish. Oecologia 111:137-143.

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Hixon, M.A. and Beets, J.P.  1993.  Predation, Prey, Refuges, and the Structure of Coral-Reef fish assemblages.  Ecological Monographs.  63(1): 77-101.

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Jan, R.-Q., Y.-T. Shao, F.-P. Lin, T.-Y. Fan, Y.0Y. Tu, H.-S. Tsai and K.-T. Shao. 2007. An underwater camera system for real-time coral reef fish monitoring. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement No. 14:273-279.

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Jennings, S. and N. V. C. Polunin. 1997. Impacts of predator depletion by fishing on the biomass and diversity of non-target reef fish communities. Coral Reefs 16:71-82.

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Jones, G.P. 1987. Competitive interactions among adults and juveniles in a coral reef fish. Ecology 68(5):1534-1547.

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Jones, G.P. 1990. The importance of recruitment to the dynamics of a coral reef fish population.  Ecology 71(5):1691-1698.

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Karino, K., T. Kuwamura, Y. Nakashima, Y. Sakai. 2000. Predation risk and the opportunity for female mate choice in a coral reef fish. Journal of Ethology 18:109-114.

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Kingsford, M. J. 2001. Diel patterns of abundance of presettlement reef fishes and pelagic larvae on a coral reef. Marine Biology 138:853-867.

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Lessios, H. A. and D. R.Robertson. 2006. Crossing the impassable: genetic connections in 20 reef fishes across the Eastern Pacific Barrier. Proceedings of the Royal Society (B). 273: 2201-2208.

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Lobel, P. S. 1989. Ocean current variability and the spawning season of Hawaiian reef fishes. Environmental Biology of Fishes 24(3): 161-171.

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Lobel, P.S. 1997. Comparative settlement age of damselfish larvae (Plectroglyphidodon imparippennis, Pomacentridae) from Hawaii and Johnston Atoll. Biological Bulletin. 193: 281-283.

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Mallela, J. C. Roberts, C. Harrod and C. R. Goldspink. 2007. Distributional patterns and community structure of Caribbean coral reef fishes within a river-impacted bay. Journal of Fish Biology 70: 523-537.

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Meekan, M. G. and Choat, J. H. 1997. Latitudinal variation in abundance of herbivorous fishes: A comparison of temperate and tropical reefs. Marine Biology 128:373-383.

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Ogden, J. C. and P. S. Lobel, 1978. The role of herbivorous fishes and urchins in coral reef communities. Environmental Biology of Fishes 3(1):49-63.

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Robertson, D.R. 1972. Social control of sex reversal in a Coral-Reef fish. Science 177(4053):1007-1009.

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Robertson DR, Ackerman JL, Choat JH, Posada JM, Pitt J . 2005. Ocean surgeonfish Acanthurus bahianus I. The geography of demography. Marine Ecology Progress Series 295: 229-244.

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Robertson DR, Choat JH, Posada JM, Pitt J, Ackerman JL. 2005. Ocean surgeonfish Acanthurus bahianus II. Fishing effects on longevity, size and abundance? Marine Ecology Progress Series 295: 245-256.

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Robertson, D. R., F. Karg, R. Moura, B. C. Victor and G. Bernardi. 2006. Mechanisms of speciation and faunal enrichment in Atlantic parrotfishes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 40: 795-807.

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Robertson, D. R. and W. F. Smith-Vaniz. 2008. Rotenone: an essential but demonized tool for assessing marine fish diversity. BioScience 58(2):165-170.

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Rocha L, Bass A, Robertson DR and Bowen BW. 2002. Adult habitat preferences, larval dispersal and the comparative phylogeography of three Atlantic surgeonfishes (Teleostei: Acanthuridae). Molecular Evolution 11: 243-252

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Rocha L. A., D. R. Robertson, J. Roman and B. W. Bowen. 2005. Ecological speciation in tropical reef fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society (London) B 272: 573-579.

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Rocha, L. A., C. R. Rocha, D. R. Robertson and B. W. Bowen. 2008. Comparative phylogeography of Atlantic reef fishes indicates both origin and accumulation of diversity in the Caribbean. BMC Evolutionary Biology 8:157

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Sale. P.F. 1972. Effect of Cover on Agonistic Behavior of a Reef Fish: A Possible Spacing Mechanism. Ecology 53(4):753-758.

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Sale, P.F. 1977. Maintenance of High Diversity in Coral Reef Fish Communities.  American Naturalist 111(978):337-359.

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Sale, P.F.  1982.  Stock-Recruit Relationships and Regional Coexistence in a Lottery Competitive System: A Simulation Study.  American Naturalist.  120(2): 139-159.

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Sale, P.F. and Douglas, W.A. 1984. Temporal Variability in the Community Structure of Fish on Coral Patch Reefs and the Relation of Community Structure to Reef Structure. Ecology 65(2): 409-422.

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Sale, P.F. and Dybdahl, R.  1975.  Determinants of Community Structure for Coral Reef Fishes in an Experimental Habitat.  Ecology, 56(6): 1343-1355.

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Sale, P.F. and Williams, D.M. 1982. Community Structure of Coral Reef Fishes: Are the Patterns More than those Expected by Chance. American Naturalist 120(1):121-127.

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Sancho, G., Petersen, C. W. and Lobel, P. S. 2000. Predator-prey relations at a spawning aggregation site of coral reef fishes. Marine Ecology Progress Series 203:275-288.

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Sancho, G., Solow, A. R. and Lobel, P. S. 2000. Environmental influences on the diel timing of spawning in coral reef fishes. Marine Ecology Progress Series 206:193-212.

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Shima, J. S. 2001. Regulation of local populations of a coral reef fish via joint effects of density- and number-dependent mortality. Oecologia 126:58-65.

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Stobutzki, I. C. and Bellwood, D. R. 1998. Nocturnal orientation to reefs by late pelagic stage coral reef fish. Coral reefs 17:103-110.

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Swearer, SE, Shima, JS, Hellberg, ME, Thorrold, SR, Jones, GP, Robertson, DR, Morgan, SG, Selkoe, KQ, Ruiz, GM, Warner RR. 2002. Evidence of self-recruitment in demersal marine populations. Bulletin of Marine Science 70: 251-272.

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Syms, C. and Jones, G. P. 2001. Soft corals exert no direct effects on coral reef fish assemblages. Oecologia 127:560-571.

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Talbot, F.H., Russell, B.C., Anderson, G.R.V.  1978.  Coral Reef Fish Communities: Unstable, High-Diversity Systems?  Ecological Monographs.  48(4): 425-440.

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Victor, B.C. 1986. Larval Settlement and Juvenile Mortality in a Recruitment-Limited Coral Reef Fish Population. Ecological Monographs 56(2):145-160.

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Warner, R.R. 1984. Deferred Reproduction as a Response to Sexual Selection in a Coral Reef Fish: A Test of the Life Historical Consequences. Evolution 38(1): 148-162.

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Warner, R.R. and Hoffman, S.G. 1980. Population Density and the Economics of Territorial Defense in a Coral Reef Fish. Ecology 61(4): 772-780.

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Wilson, S. K., S. C. Burgess, A. J. Cheal, M. Emslie, R. Fisher, I. Miller, N. V. C. Polunin and H. P. A .Sweatman. 2008. Habitat utilization by coral reef fish: implications for specialists vs. generalists in a changing environment. Journal of Animal Ecology 77(2):220-228.

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Wilson, D. T. and M. G. Meekan. 2001. Environmental influences on patterns of larva replenishment in coral reef fishes. Marine Ecology Progress Series 222:197-207.

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