First biological measurements of deep-sea corals from the Red Sea.

Handle URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10754/323557
Title:
First biological measurements of deep-sea corals from the Red Sea.
Authors:
Roder, Cornelia; Berumen, Michael L. ( 0000-0003-2463-2742 ) ; Bouwmeester, J; Papathanassiou, E; Al-Suwailem, Abdulaziz M.; Voolstra, Christian R. ( 0000-0003-4555-3795 )
Abstract:
It is usually assumed that metabolic constraints restrict deep-sea corals to cold-water habitats, with 'deep-sea' and 'cold-water' corals often used as synonymous. Here we report on the first measurements of biological characters of deep-sea corals from the central Red Sea, where they occur at temperatures exceeding 20°C in highly oligotrophic and oxygen-limited waters. Low respiration rates, low calcification rates, and minimized tissue cover indicate that a reduced metabolism is one of the key adaptations to prevailing environmental conditions. We investigated four sites and encountered six species of which at least two appear to be undescribed. One species is previously reported from the Red Sea but occurs in deep cold waters outside the Red Sea raising interesting questions about presumed environmental constraints for other deep-sea corals. Our findings suggest that the present understanding of deep-sea coral persistence and resilience needs to be revisited.
KAUST Department:
Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
Citation:
Roder C, Berumen ML, Bouwmeester J, Papathanassiou E, Al-Suwailem A, et al. (2013) First biological measurements of deep-sea corals from the Red Sea. Sci Rep 3. doi:10.1038/srep02802.
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Journal:
Scientific reports
Issue Date:
3-Oct-2013
DOI:
10.1038/srep02802
PubMed ID:
24091830
PubMed Central ID:
PMC3789407
Type:
Article
ISSN:
2045-2322
Additional Links:
http://www.nature.com/srep/2013/131003/srep02802/full/srep02802.html; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3789407/
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Articles; Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)

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dc.contributor.authorRoder, Corneliaen
dc.contributor.authorBerumen, Michael L.en
dc.contributor.authorBouwmeester, Jen
dc.contributor.authorPapathanassiou, Een
dc.contributor.authorAl-Suwailem, Abdulaziz M.en
dc.contributor.authorVoolstra, Christian R.en
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-22T05:48:15Z-
dc.date.available2014-07-22T05:48:15Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-03en
dc.identifier.citationRoder C, Berumen ML, Bouwmeester J, Papathanassiou E, Al-Suwailem A, et al. (2013) First biological measurements of deep-sea corals from the Red Sea. Sci Rep 3. doi:10.1038/srep02802.en
dc.identifier.issn2045-2322en
dc.identifier.pmid24091830en
dc.identifier.doi10.1038/srep02802en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/323557en
dc.description.abstractIt is usually assumed that metabolic constraints restrict deep-sea corals to cold-water habitats, with 'deep-sea' and 'cold-water' corals often used as synonymous. Here we report on the first measurements of biological characters of deep-sea corals from the central Red Sea, where they occur at temperatures exceeding 20°C in highly oligotrophic and oxygen-limited waters. Low respiration rates, low calcification rates, and minimized tissue cover indicate that a reduced metabolism is one of the key adaptations to prevailing environmental conditions. We investigated four sites and encountered six species of which at least two appear to be undescribed. One species is previously reported from the Red Sea but occurs in deep cold waters outside the Red Sea raising interesting questions about presumed environmental constraints for other deep-sea corals. Our findings suggest that the present understanding of deep-sea coral persistence and resilience needs to be revisited.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherNature Publishing Groupen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.nature.com/srep/2013/131003/srep02802/full/srep02802.htmlen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3789407/en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Scientific reportsen
dc.subject.meshAnimalsen
dc.subject.meshAnthozoaen
dc.subject.meshBiodiversityen
dc.subject.meshCoral Reefsen
dc.subject.meshEcosystemen
dc.subject.meshEnvironmenten
dc.subject.meshIndian Oceanen
dc.subject.meshMolecular Sequence Dataen
dc.subject.meshPhenotypeen
dc.subject.meshPhylogenyen
dc.subject.meshRNA, Ribosomal, 16Sen
dc.subject.meshAnimalsen
dc.subject.meshAnthozoaen
dc.subject.meshBiodiversityen
dc.subject.meshCoral Reefsen
dc.subject.meshEcosystemen
dc.subject.meshEnvironmenten
dc.subject.meshIndian Oceanen
dc.subject.meshMolecular Sequence Dataen
dc.subject.meshPhenotypeen
dc.subject.meshPhylogenyen
dc.subject.meshRNA, Ribosomal, 16Sen
dc.titleFirst biological measurements of deep-sea corals from the Red Sea.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)en
dc.identifier.journalScientific reportsen
dc.identifier.pmcidPMC3789407en
dc.eprint.versionPublisher's Version/PDFen
dc.contributor.institutionBiology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, United Statesen
dc.contributor.institutionHellenic Centre for Marine Research, Anavissos, Greeceen
dc.contributor.affiliationKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)en
kaust.authorRoder, Corneliaen
kaust.authorBerumen, Michael L.en
kaust.authorBouwmeester, Jessicaen
kaust.authorAl-Suwailem, Abdulaziz M.en
kaust.authorVoolstra, Christian R.en

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