Captive rearing of the deep-sea coral Eguchipsammia fistula from the Red Sea demonstrates remarkable physiological plasticity

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/550075
Title:
Captive rearing of the deep-sea coral Eguchipsammia fistula from the Red Sea demonstrates remarkable physiological plasticity
Authors:
Roik, Anna Krystyna ( 0000-0002-8293-8339 ) ; Röthig, Till ( 0000-0001-6359-8589 ) ; Roder, Cornelia; Muller, Paul Joachim; Voolstra, Christian R. ( 0000-0003-4555-3795 )
Abstract:
The presence of the cosmopolitan deep-sea coral Eguchipsammia fistula has recently been documented in the Red Sea, occurring in warm (>20 °C), oxygen- and nutrient-limited habitats. We collected colonies of this species from the central Red Sea that successfully resided in aquaria for more than one year. During this period the corals were exposed to increased oxygen levels and nutrition ad libitum unlike in their natural habitat. Specimens of long-term reared E. fistula colonies were incubated for 24 h and calcification (G) as well as respiration rates (R) were measured. In comparison to on-board measurements of G and R rates on freshly collected specimens, we found that G was increased while R was decreased. E. fistula shows extensive tissue growth and polyp proliferation in aquaculture and can be kept at conditions that notably differ from its natural habitat. Its ability to cope with rapid and prolonged changes in regard to prevailing environmental conditions indicates a wide physiological plasticity. This may explain in part the cosmopolitan distribution of this species and emphasizes its value as a deep-sea coral model to study mechanisms of acclimation and adaptation.
KAUST Department:
Red Sea Research Center (RSRC); Coastal and Marine Resources Core Lab
Citation:
Roik A, Röthig T, Roder C, Müller PJ, Voolstra CR. (2015) Captive rearing of the deep-sea coral Eguchipsammia fistula from the Red Sea demonstrates remarkable physiological plasticity. PeerJ 3:e734 https://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.734
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PeerJ
Journal:
PeerJ
Issue Date:
20-Jan-2015
DOI:
10.7717/peerj.734
PubMed ID:
25653911
PubMed Central ID:
PMC4304856
Type:
Article
ISSN:
2167-8359
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https://peerj.com/articles/734
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Articles; Red Sea Research Center (RSRC); Coastal and Marine Resources Core Lab

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dc.contributor.authorRoik, Anna Krystynaen
dc.contributor.authorRöthig, Tillen
dc.contributor.authorRoder, Corneliaen
dc.contributor.authorMuller, Paul Joachimen
dc.contributor.authorVoolstra, Christian R.en
dc.date.accessioned2015-04-14T12:56:04Zen
dc.date.available2015-04-14T12:56:04Zen
dc.date.issued2015-01-20en
dc.identifier.citationRoik A, Röthig T, Roder C, Müller PJ, Voolstra CR. (2015) Captive rearing of the deep-sea coral Eguchipsammia fistula from the Red Sea demonstrates remarkable physiological plasticity. PeerJ 3:e734 https://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.734en
dc.identifier.issn2167-8359en
dc.identifier.pmid25653911en
dc.identifier.doi10.7717/peerj.734en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/550075en
dc.description.abstractThe presence of the cosmopolitan deep-sea coral Eguchipsammia fistula has recently been documented in the Red Sea, occurring in warm (>20 °C), oxygen- and nutrient-limited habitats. We collected colonies of this species from the central Red Sea that successfully resided in aquaria for more than one year. During this period the corals were exposed to increased oxygen levels and nutrition ad libitum unlike in their natural habitat. Specimens of long-term reared E. fistula colonies were incubated for 24 h and calcification (G) as well as respiration rates (R) were measured. In comparison to on-board measurements of G and R rates on freshly collected specimens, we found that G was increased while R was decreased. E. fistula shows extensive tissue growth and polyp proliferation in aquaculture and can be kept at conditions that notably differ from its natural habitat. Its ability to cope with rapid and prolonged changes in regard to prevailing environmental conditions indicates a wide physiological plasticity. This may explain in part the cosmopolitan distribution of this species and emphasizes its value as a deep-sea coral model to study mechanisms of acclimation and adaptation.en
dc.publisherPeerJen
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dc.subjectCoral reefen
dc.subjectRed Seaen
dc.subjectCoral rearingen
dc.subjectPhenotypic plasticityen
dc.subjectEguchipsammia fistulaen
dc.subjectDeep-sea coralen
dc.titleCaptive rearing of the deep-sea coral Eguchipsammia fistula from the Red Sea demonstrates remarkable physiological plasticityen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)en
dc.contributor.departmentCoastal and Marine Resources Core Laben
dc.identifier.journalPeerJen
dc.identifier.pmcidPMC4304856en
dc.eprint.versionPublisher's Version/PDFen
kaust.authorRoder, Corneliaen
kaust.authorVoolstra, Christian R.en
kaust.authorRoik, Anna Krystynaen
kaust.authorRöthig, Tillen
kaust.authorMuller, Paul Joachimen

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