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Ancient reefs preserved tropical marine biodiversity

Discussion in 'Conservation' started by jahmic, Jun 6, 2014.

  1. jahmic

    jahmic Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Habitat refugia in which coral reefs have remained stable over time played a key role in preserving tropical marine fish biodiversity, a study highlights. Researchers have shown that the current distribution of tropical marine biodiversity is mainly due to the persistence of such refugia during glacial periods in the Quaternary. This imprint left by history thus has a greater impact on tropical fish biodiversity than contemporary environmental factors such as water temperature and reef area.

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