The effect of seasonal temperature extremes on sediment rejection in three scleractinian coral species

Ganase, A., Bongaerts, P., Visser, P.M. and Dove, S.G. (2015) The effect of seasonal temperature extremes on sediment rejection in three scleractinian coral species. Coral Reefs, 35 1: 187-191. doi:10.1007/s00338-015-1359-y


Author Ganase, A.
Bongaerts, P.
Visser, P.M.
Dove, S.G.
Title The effect of seasonal temperature extremes on sediment rejection in three scleractinian coral species
Journal name Coral Reefs   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0722-4028
1432-0975
Publication date 2015-10-06
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00338-015-1359-y
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 35
Issue 1
Start page 187
End page 191
Total pages 5
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Sedimentation from resuspension following storm surge is a natural occurrence on coral reefs, and scleractinian corals have adapted to effectively reject sediment. However, it is unclear whether the physical ability to reject sedimentation is affected during seasonal temperature extremes. We acclimated three coral species (Montipora aequituberculata, Lobophyllia corymbosa and Fungia fungites), with different active shedding mechanisms, to three temperature treatments (winter minimum, summer maximum and mean). Corals were then exposed to a sediment rejection experiment in which we measured clearance rates and tissue inflation cycles associated with the clearance of sediment. Temperature impacted clearing rates of M. aequituberculata, which exhibited significantly faster sediment rejection under winter temperatures. Fungia fungites, on the other hand, exhibited significantly higher tissue inflation rates under summer temperatures. Although limited in scope, this study demonstrates that temperature can have a strong effect on the response of corals to sedimentation.
Keyword Sedimentation
Temperature
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Sediment rejection
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Global Change Institute Publications
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