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How is a family of sedentary marine fishes shaped by its habitats, prey, and predators? Manning, Clayton Garin


Overall, this thesis expands on our ecological understanding of a group of biologically diverse marine fishes by investigating how they are shaped by their habitats, prey, and predators. In my first data chapter, I used the seahorse Hippocampus whitei as a case study for investigating the ecological correlates of syngnathid abundance and distributions. Expanding on research that had looked at how either their habitats, prey, or predators affected their populations, I considered all three components in a single holistic approach. I investigated these correlations at two scales: among different seagrass beds (200-6000 m apart), and within a single seagrass bed (

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