Undisturbed coral reefs are visually exciting for many reasons, one of which is the presence of predators of all sizes and shapes (see Chapters 28, 29, 30, 31). Predation is a dominant driving process, from the tiniest predators such as the chaetognaths and fish larvae that eat copepods, to sharks that eat large organisms such as rays, turtles, groupers and smaller shark species. In coral reef ecosystems, sharks are often referred to as apex predators (Fig 7.6A). As with herbivores, some predators are nocturnal and have evolved to hunt in almost no light at all. Others prey on diurnal grazers and time their visits to the reef with the tidal cycle.
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