Limited scope for latitudinal extension of reef corals

Muir, Paul R., Wallace, Carden C., Done, Terence and Aguirre, J. David (2015) Limited scope for latitudinal extension of reef corals. Science, 348 6239: 1135-1138. doi:10.1126/science.1259911

Author Muir, Paul R.
Wallace, Carden C.
Done, Terence
Aguirre, J. David
Title Limited scope for latitudinal extension of reef corals
Journal name Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1095-9203
Publication date 2015-06-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1126/science.1259911
Open Access Status
Volume 348
Issue 6239
Start page 1135
End page 1138
Total pages 4
Place of publication Washington, DC United States
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract An analysis of present-day global depth distributions of reef-building corals and underlying environmental drivers contradicts a commonly held belief that ocean warming will promote tropical coral expansion into temperate latitudes. Using a global data set of a major group of reef corals, we found that corals were confined to shallower depths at higher latitudes (up to 0.6 meters of predicted shallowing per additional degree of latitude). Latitudinal attenuation of the most important driver of this phenomenon—the dose of photosynthetically available radiation over winter—would severely constrain latitudinal coral range extension in response to ocean warming. Latitudinal gradients in species richness for the group also suggest that higher winter irradiance at depth in low latitudes allowed a deep-water fauna that was not viable at higher latitudes.
Keyword Coral reef
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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