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Author Rocker, Melissa M. ♦ Brandl, Simon J.
Source SpringerLink
Content type Text
Publisher Springer Berlin Heidelberg
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2014
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Life sciences; biology
Subject Keyword Skeletal loss ♦ Coral physiology ♦ Corallivory ♦ Biodiversity ♦ Freshwater & Marine Ecology ♦ Plant Systematics/Taxonomy/Biogeography ♦ Animal Systematics/Taxonomy/Biogeography
Abstract The degradation of coral reefs, specifically the loss of structural biomass created by coral skeletons, is an important issue in coral reef science. In this study, we give evidence for high skeletal loss in corals transplanted from a high turbidity environment to a low turbidity environment. Specifically, we show that in colonies of Acropora tenuis, significantly higher skeletal loss occurred in colonies from Geoffrey Bay (Magnetic Island, Australia, ∼8 km offshore) transplanted to Pelorus Island (Palm Islands, Australia, ∼16 km offshore), when compared to control colonies and their reciprocally transplanted counterparts. These results may suggest marked intraspecific differences in the physiological condition of coral colonies, possibly causing selective predation by corallivorous organisms, strengthening the need for detailed investigations of the underlying causes as well as the consequences of skeletal loss in an important branching species of coral, Acropora tenuis.
ISSN 18671616
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2014-05-20
Publisher Place Berlin, Heidelberg
e-ISSN 18671624
Journal Marine Biodiversity
Volume Number 45
Issue Number 2
Page Count 6
Starting Page 321
Ending Page 326


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