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dc.contributor.authorLozano-Cortés, Diego
dc.contributor.authorBerumen, Michael L.
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-30T06:32:40Z
dc.date.available2015-11-30T06:32:40Z
dc.date.issued2015-11-03
dc.identifier.citationColony size-frequency distribution of pocilloporid juvenile corals along a natural environmental gradient in the Red Sea 2015 Marine Pollution Bulletin
dc.identifier.issn0025326X
dc.identifier.pmid26520210
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.10.051
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/582864
dc.description.abstractCoral colony size-frequency distributions can be used to assess population responses to local environmental conditions and disturbances. In this study, we surveyed juvenile pocilloporids, herbivorous fish densities, and algal cover in the central and southern Saudi Arabian Red Sea. We sampled nine reefs with different disturbance histories along a north–south natural gradient of physicochemical conditions (higher salinity and wider temperature fluctuations in the north, and higher turbidity and productivity in the south). Since coral populations with negatively skewed size-frequency distributions have been associated with unfavorable environmental conditions, we expected to find more negative distributions in the southern Red Sea, where corals are potentially experiencing suboptimal conditions. Although juvenile coral and parrotfish densities differed significantly between the two regions, mean colony size and size-frequency distributions did not. Results suggest that pocilloporid colony size-frequency distribution may not be an accurate indicator of differences in biological or oceanographic conditions in the Red Sea.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.relation.urlhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0025326X15301235
dc.rightsNOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Marine Pollution Bulletin. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Marine Pollution Bulletin, 29 October 2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.10.051
dc.subjectAlgae
dc.subjectCoral reefs
dc.subjectDemographics
dc.subjectJuvenile corals
dc.subjectParrotfish
dc.subjectRed Sea
dc.titleColony size-frequency distribution of pocilloporid juvenile corals along a natural environmental gradient in the Red Sea
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
dc.contributor.departmentMarine Science Program
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)
dc.identifier.journalMarine Pollution Bulletin
dc.eprint.versionPost-print
dc.contributor.institutionCoral Reef Ecology Research Group, Department of Biology, Universidad del Valle, A.A. 25360, Cali, Colombia
dc.contributor.affiliationKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
kaust.personLozano-Cortes, Diego
kaust.personBerumen, Michael L.
refterms.dateFOA2017-10-29T00:00:00Z
dc.date.published-online2015-11-03
dc.date.published-print2016-04


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