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New benthic coral reef invertebrates study published

This in situ study investigated the independent and combined effects of simulated overfishing and eutrophication on settlement of reef associated invertebrates. Findings revealed that invertebrates almost exclusively colonized shaded tiles, indicating that algae were superior settling competitors on light-exposed tiles. Eventually, if investigated stressors are not controlled, phase shifts from dominance by hard corals to that by other invertebrates may occur at shaded reef locations in the Central Red Sea.