Captive rearing of the deep-sea coral Eguchipsammia fistula from the Red Sea demonstrates remarkable physiological plasticity
KAUST DepartmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
Coastal and Marine Resources Core Lab
Marine Science Program
Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
Reef Genomics Lab
Permanent link to this recordhttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/550075
MetadataShow full item record
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.
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.734
PubMed Central IDPMC4304856
- Transcriptomes and expression profiling of deep-sea corals from the Red Sea provide insight into the biology of azooxanthellate corals.
- Authors: Yum LK, Baumgarten S, Röthig T, Roder C, Roik A, Michell C, Voolstra CR
- Issue date: 2017 Jul 25
- Discovery of deep-water coral frameworks in the northern Red Sea waters of Saudi Arabia.
- Authors: Qurban MA, Krishnakumar PK, Joydas TV, Manikandan KP, Ashraf TTM, Sampath G, Thiyagarajan D, He S, Cairns SD
- Issue date: 2020 Sep 18
- Microbial community composition of deep-sea corals from the Red Sea provides insight into functional adaption to a unique environment.
- Authors: Röthig T, Yum LK, Kremb SG, Roik A, Voolstra CR
- Issue date: 2017 Mar 17
- The physiological response of the deep-sea coral <i>Solenosmilia variabilis</i> to ocean acidification.
- Authors: Gammon MJ, Tracey DM, Marriott PM, Cummings VJ, Davy SK
- Issue date: 2018
- First biological measurements of deep-sea corals from the Red Sea.
- Authors: Roder C, Berumen ML, Bouwmeester J, Papathanassiou E, Al-Suwailem A, Voolstra CR
- Issue date: 2013 Oct 3