Coral Reef Fish: Not Just a Matter of Beauty!

Type Article
Date 2020-02
Language English
Author(s) Boudin Elyse1, Carcaillet Frédérique1, Tribot Anne-Sophie1, Carabeux Quentin1, Deter Julie1, 2, 3, Claverie Thomas1, 4, Villéger Sébastien1, Mouquet Nicolas1, 3
Affiliation(s) 1 : MARBEC, CNRS, Ifremer, IRD, University of Montpellier, Montpellier, France
2 : Andromède Océanologie, Carnon, France
3 : Common Laboratory InToSea, Andromède Océanologie, Université de Montpellier, Montpellier, France
4 : Centre Universitaire de Formation et de Recherche de Mayotte, Dembeni, Mayotte
Source Frontiers for Young Minds (2296-6846) (Frontiers Media SA), 2020-02 , Vol. 8 , N. 13 , P. 7p.-
DOI 10.3389/frym.2020.00013
Abstract

Coral reefs are vulnerable ecosystems where a great number of fish species live. Some fish are beautiful, and some are not. This study compared the human perception of fish beauty with the ecological roles and characteristics of these fishes. It appears that ugly fish have a wider variety of roles in the coral reef ecosystem than beautiful fish do. This means that the ugly fish seem to be more important for ecosystems. The results of this study warn us about the need to preserve not just cute fishes, but the entire ecosystem, which means protecting the ugly fish as well as the beautiful ones.

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