Life histories and growth of corals over a depth gradient

Hughes, Terence (1983) Life histories and growth of corals over a depth gradient. In: Reaka, Marjorie L., (ed.) The Ecology of Deep and Shallow Water Coral Reefs. Symposia Series for Undersea Research, 1 . National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 17-20.

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[Extract] Results from long term monitoring of coral populations from -10m to -35m show that several important life history parameters are strongly correlated with depth. Typically, coral colonies tend to settle in greater numbers in shallow water, where they are also more likely to be injured or killed compared to deeper sites. Ciolony extension rates were found to be very weakly dependent on depth, with some of the fastest growing colonies at -55m and -35m growing faster than many -10m specimens. The net growth rate of shallow corals may be limited by higher rates of injuries.

Item ID: 25767
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Date Deposited: 15 May 2017 02:19
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960802 Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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