The impact of benthic algae on the settlement of a reef-building coral

Diaz-Pulido, G, Harii, S, McCook, LJ and Hoegh-Guldberg, O (2010) The impact of benthic algae on the settlement of a reef-building coral. CORAL REEFS, 29 1: 203-208. doi:10.1007/s00338-009-0573-x

Author Diaz-Pulido, G
Harii, S
McCook, LJ
Hoegh-Guldberg, O
Title The impact of benthic algae on the settlement of a reef-building coral
Journal name CORAL REEFS   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0722-4028
Publication date 2010-03
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00338-009-0573-x
Volume 29
Issue 1
Start page 203
End page 208
Total pages 6
Editor Barbara E. Brown
Place of publication Germany
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
9699 Other Environment
0699 Other Biological Sciences
Formatted abstract
The capacity of corals to re-establish in degraded and algal-dominated habitats will depend on the effects of algae on coral settlement and growth. We tested the effect of 11 macroalgal species, of widely different functional-forms, on swimming and settlement by larvae of the coral Platygyra daedalea from the Great Barrier Reef. Algal turfs and the crustose calcareous algae groups had minor effects on coral settlement, while upright calcareous and fleshy macroalgae inhibited settlement. However, the extent of inhibition of larval settlement differed amongst upright macroalgal species, variations that were not well explained by physical differences and probably reflect chemical differences not explained by functional-form. Thus, while algal functional-form is useful in identifying general competition patterns, more detailed taxonomic and chemical approaches may be required to fully understand algal effects on corals. Different macroalgal communities on degraded reefs may have different effects on coral settlement, and hence on coral population resilience.
Keyword Macroalgae
Coral reefs
Coral larvae
Reef degradation
Reef resilience
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2010 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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