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DAVIES 1980


scientific article | Biol Bull

RESPIRATION IN SOME ATLANTIC REEF CORALS IN RELATION TO VERTICAL DISTRIBUTION AND GROWTH FORM

DAVIES PS


Abstract

1. The rate of oxygen consumption of a number of Caribbean corals was determined, in darkness, and the results expressed on a unit-weight and unit-surface-area basis to enable inter-and intraspecific comparisons to be made. 2. Intraspecific comparisons of Montastrea annularis and M. cavernosa and comparisons between species of Agaricia show that corals living in deep water (40 m) have lower rates of respiration than shallow-water corals. 3. Corals, such as Acropora and Agaricia, with a high surface-to-volume ratio have higher rates of respiration per unit weight than the massive corals like Montastrea. 4. It is suggested that differences in rate of respiration are the result of differences in energy expenditure in the biosynthesis of tissue growth and that this is determined to a large extent by the nutritional input into the colony from the zooxanthellae.

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Meta-data
Depth range
3- 80 m

Mesophotic “mentions”
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Classification
* Presents original data
* Focused on `mesophotic` depth range
* Focused on `mesophotic coral ecosystem`

Fields
Physiology

Focusgroups
Scleractinia (Hard Corals)

Locations
Jamaica

Platforms
Aquarium-based
Manned Submersible

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