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Dustan 1979


scientific article | Bull Mar Sci

Distribution of zooxanthellae and photosynthetic chloroplast pigments of the reef-building coral Montastrea annularis Ellis and Solander in relation to depth on a West Indian coral reef

Dustan P

Abstract

Studies on the distribution and photosynthetic chloroplast pigments of symbiotic zooxanthellae in the reef-building coral Montastrea annularis Ellis and Solander strongly suggest that photoadaptation to decreasing light intensity occurs within a population inhabiting the fore-reef of a West Indian (Jamaican) coral reef. It is suggested that the photoadaptation allows for the extension of the depth range of the species. The responses of M. annularis and its zooxanthellae to transplantation suggest that colonies have a certain capacity for modification when placed at different depths. The magnitude of these potential changes is small and colonies do not fare well in the transplant habitats. Such sub-optimal conditions are reflected in a decrease in algal density/cm2 living coral tissue, a decrease in zooxanthellar intracellular photosynthetic pigment concentration, and significant decreases in coral skeletal extension rates. Responses such as these are reasonably clear data in support of ecotypic variation and suggest that there are sun and shade populations of zooxanthellae in M. annularis.

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Meta-data
Depth range
0- 50 m

Mesophotic “mentions”
0 x (total of 7125 words)

Classification
* Presents original data
* Focused on `mesophotic` depth range
* Focused on `mesophotic coral ecosystem`

Fields
Physiology
Community structure
Ecology

Focusgroups
Symbiodinium (zooxanthellae)
Scleractinia (Hard Corals)

Locations
Jamaica

Platforms
SCUBA (open-circuit or unspecified)

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