Positive interactions between corals and damselfish increase coral resistance to temperature stress

Andrew Shantz, Mark Ladd, Leila Ezzat, Russell Schmitt, Sally Holbrook, Rebecca Vega Thurber, Deron Burkepile & Emily Schmeltzer
By the century’s end, many tropical seas will reach temperatures exceeding most coral species’ thermal tolerance on an annual basis. The persistence of corals in these regions will therefore depend on their abilities to tolerate recurrent thermal stress. Although ecologists have long recognized that positive interspecific interactions can ameliorate environmental stress to expand the realized niche of plants and animals, coral bleaching studies have largely overlooked how interactions with community members outside of the coral...
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